UB Student Creates Map Application for Blind Person

UBblind Map

Students of the Faculty of Computer Science (FILKOM) created a digital map application specifically designed for the visually impaired person called UBblindmap. As the name implies, UBblind map is an application based on a Universitas Brawijaya (UB) map area which will later be released on the Google Play Store and can be downloaded by everyone.

Muhammad Erwin Amrullah, a Masters student in Computer Science, explained that the map application uses sound and vibration to adjust the communication method for blind people who require the senses of touch and hearing.

In addition, this sound and vibration features serve as information when swiped on the application, then blind people will know the information on the map application used.

Muhammad Erwin

“This application is designed based on a Universitas Brawijaya map area, then transformed into a map which has sound and vibration features so that blind people can use it,” said Erwin, who was guided by Dr. Sc. Fatwa Ramdani, S.Si, M.Sc and Dr. eng. Herman Tolle, S.T., M.T.

The blind map application is installed on a 10 inch tablet to later become a regional identification facility in Universitas Brawijaya area. The presence of this application makes it easier for students and visitors with visual impairments who are in the university area.

“This UBblindmap blind map application was created through the Unity and Blender applications which are commonly used for 3D modeling to make a game. The map is made in 3D also for the low-blind visually impaired. There are categories of blind people from low vision to totally blind. So they can all use it and the brightness has been adjusted for the low blind category,” he added.

“Currently UBblindmap is in the process of submitting to IPR and iOS so that users will be able to download this application,” said Erwin.

By the presence of UBblindmap blind map application, it is hoped that it can help people with visual impairments and also as a compulsory facility in campus institutions. So that campuses in Indonesia are also become more friendly to the blind people.

“Hopefully there will be more discoveries of the nation’s children in helping to overcome everyday problems,” concluded Muhammad Erwin Amrullah. (EWN/Humas UB/ Trans. Iir).