There are countless apps that make our lives easier- but what about the visually impaired who can’t use smartphones the same way we can? There are millions of people who are blind, and hundreds of millions who are visually impaired. For any of these people each day presents many challenges. Now, thanks to mobile app technology, there’s a solution.
Meet Georgie, a mobile app for the blind. Georgie runs on Android devices and aims to help people with little to no sight accomplish daily tasks that are difficult for them. To use the app, users pass their fingers over different options which are read aloud. If you hold your finger on a particular option it will make a beeping sound, signifying that an option has been selected. The app can call, text, set reminders and provide location services.
For many things, visually impaired users will be relying on this mobile application- which makes testing that much more important. A missed error or bug could cause serious problems.
Luckily, according to Mat Smith of Engadget, Georgie has gone through testing:
“The app was initiated by Roger and his wife Margaret, both from the North of England, who got in touch with an app maker to carefully develop the idea over the last 18 months, passing through several months of testing with other blind users.”
It is very reassuring that Georgie wasn’t only tested inside the lab. The app developer knew the importance of real world testing, which is why Georgie was tested with its target audience of blind users.
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