Eye on Accessibility event held in Decatur Square

Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) hosted the first annual ‘Eye on Accessibility’ event in Decatur Square on September 10, 2017. The event was held to raise awareness and celebrate the City of Decatur’s adoption of the FAR system in the city’s buildings, including the Police Station, City Hall and area Rec Centers.

Despite an impending hurricane and high winds, the event was well attended by participants eager to learn more about the new system.

Demonstrations and information were provided by FAR and other industry groups,

The event featured fun for the whole family and a raffle benefiting the Center for the Visually Impaired (CVI). Raffle winners were able to walk away with incredible prizes, including signed jerseys from Atlanta Hawks Mike Muscala and Atlanta Falcon Morten Andersen.

Watch videos from the event on the FAR YouTube channel:

 

Foresight Augmented Reality to host Eye on Accessibility September 10 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Event in Decatur Square to feature music, games and prizes

(DECATUR, GA. – August 21, 2017) – On September 10, 2017, Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) and the City of Decatur will host Eye on Accessibility, a festival in the Decatur Square, to highlight and celebrate the continuing progress toward making greater Atlanta completely accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

In recent months, several businesses and landmarks in Decatur have been transformed into FAR-accessible locations, easily navigable via the FAR Vision mobile app, which provides descriptive information to aid the visually impaired. In the spirit of raising awareness for assistive technologies for the blind and visually impaired, FAR employees and volunteers will be on hand at the event to provide demonstrations of the app for anyone interested.

“We’ve reached a day where the visually impaired can go out on the town, or go to the gym, or explore the many great things their community has to offer with minimal assistance,” said Foresight co-founder and CEO Tara Williams. “What better way to celebrate that freedom than to bring the community together out on the square in Decatur, the first FAR-accessible neighborhood of hopefully many more to come in the Atlanta area.”

The September 10 event will feature a DJ, interactive games, a blind sports demonstration by the Georgia Blind Sports Association, prizes and more. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to the Georgia Blind Sports Association, several other local advocacy groups will be in attendance, including National Beep Baseball Association, the National Federation of the Blind, Center for the Visually Impaired, the Georgia Radio Reading Service and Emory Eye Center.Foresight Augmented Reality was founded in 2016 in Atlanta, GA with the goal of creating smarter communities. FAR’s beacons provide compliance beyond ADA requirements for businesses looking to support those with vision-related disabilities. According to the National Foundation for the Blind, there are 7.3 million visually impaired people living in the USA. For more information, visit www.ForesightAR.com and download the FAR Vision app for iPhone, iPad or Android devices.

Decatur installs Bluetooth beacons for visually impaired downtown

Decatur has partnered with Atlanta-based Foresight Augmented Reality to install Bluetooth beacons for the visually impaired on five downtown buildings. The beacons, when paired with the company’s mobile app gives, among other things, vocal directions to specific rooms, restrooms and elevators, along with descriptive information of entrances, exits, and hazard warnings.

There are currently 65 beacons installed throughout city hall, the visitors’ center, the police station, both recreation centers and also on various locations throughout the square. Each is about two by two inches and placed on or near a doorway.

The city pays a subscription of $6,000 a year to FAR, which maintains the beacons if damaged or stolen. The app is available on Apple and Android.

According to Downtown Development Manager Catherine Lee, phase one of the project is complete and fully functioning. Phase two gets implemented sometime next year and will include beacons at each fire station, the public works building and eventually local businesses like restaurants.

FAR was founded in 2016 and according to its website there are 7.3 million visually impaired people in the U.S.

Credit: Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)

City of Decatur teams up with Foresight Augmented Reality to help visually impaired

Foresight Augmented Reality is teaming up with the city of Decatur in an effort to make public spaces in the city more accessible to the visually impaired.

The city will become the company’s first FAR-accessible city.

The company’s beacons provide additional information to people who can’t see well or who are blind. The beacons will be deployed in seven of the city’s public spaces. There will be 65 beacons in all. They will be placed at Decatur City Hall, the Decatur Police Department, the Ebster Recreation Center, the Decatur Recreation Center, the Decatur Visitors Center, the Decatur Square Community Bandstand and the Decatur Transit Station plaza.

“Transforming a business into a FAR-accessible one includes the installation of a Bluetooth beacon, that when paired with the FAR Vision mobile app, provides users with descriptive information such as entrances and exits, restrooms, hazard warnings and more,” the announcement says.

To see videos of FAR in action, click here.

“This project opens a lot of doors for the visually impaired community in Decatur and the surrounding area,” Foresight co-founder and CEO Tara Williams said in the announcement. “With the FAR Vision mobile app, more people can access many of the great features the city of Decatur has to offer. We hope this movement continues to build momentum until the entire Atlanta area is accessible for the blind and visually impaired.”

Mayor Patti Garrett said the project fits with Decatur’s goals of being a more inclusive city.

“One of the goals in our 2016 Better Together Community Action Plan for Equity, Inclusion and Engagement is to support community participation and engagement among all members of the city’s population,” she said in the announcement. “Making city buildings more readily accessible to the blind and visually impaired allows us to reach and include a broader spectrum of community members in city life.”

Credit: Decaturish

FAR Joins the Foundation Fighting Blindness for the 2017 Atlanta Vision Walk

Foresight Augmented Reality (FAR) joined the Foundation Fighting Blindness on May 20, 2017 for the Atlanta Vision Walk in Historic Fourth Ward Park. FAR joined a number of participants and sponsors in raising awareness and fundraising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). FAR CEO Tara Williams got help from Atlanta Falcons Freddy (the Falcon) in demonstrating how to use the FAR Vision smartphone app to enable greater independence for the blind and visually impaired. The park was enabled as a FAR Accessible location for the event.

Learn more about FAR and the FAR Vision app.

Learn more about the Foundation Fighting Blindness.