New app that allows blind people experience solar eclipse in the US
Millions of people across the United States will be able to see a total solar eclipse or atleast a partial eclipse on Monday.
To make this planetary wonder accessible for the blind or visually impaired people in the US, a new free mobile app called Eclipse Soundscapes has been developed.
The app is currently available for users on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and will geolocate blind users and provide them with audio descriptions of the solar eclipse as it happens in real time.
The audio descriptions use special language that are developed by the National Center for Accessible Media, a non-profit which aims to make media accessible for people with disabilities.
The app offers audio descriptions of important features of the eclipse; a play-by-play description of the total solar eclipse as it is happening in the user’s area; and a countdown clock to the next upcoming eclipse.