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New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars


Image of the night sky.

A new app developed by tesearchers at the University of Queensland in Australia helps the visually impaired navigate the stars and planets in the solar system.

Credit: University of Queensland

Researchers at the University of Queensland in Australia have developed an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the stars and planets in the solar system.

The app is designed so the user can obtain "an ephemeris," or astronomical information about an object in the solar system.

The app relies on data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as multiple Earth data maps representing various dynamic and non-dynamic graphs of satellite surveys.

The team, led by Queensland's Yuma Decaux, won the Brisbane leg of the NASA Space App Challenge. Said Decaux, "We are now ramping up for the national challenge, and hopefully the international one, too."

From University of Queensland
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