Sensible Innovations’ Aware app allows access for visually impaired to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile public art display this summer

Sensible Innovations’ Aware app allows access for visually impaired to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile public art display this summer

More than 50 decorated lighthouse sculptures on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile – and the surrounding neighborhood – will be accessible to people that are visually impaired thanks to Sensible Innovations’ Aware app. 

The Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit serving people who are blind, visually impaired, disabled and veterans, is responsible for the Lighthouses on The Mag Mile public art display between June 19 and August 11. 

Artists, most of whom have disabilities, have decorated the lighthouse sculptures. 

The aim of the display is to promote awareness about the importance of access and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Rasha Said, Sensible Innovations founder and CEO, developed the audible wayfinding solution, for people who are visually impaired out of a clear need to connect them to their physical surroundings. The Aware app works with iBeacons, to provide indoors and outdoors turn-by-turn navigational directions and location and plays in real-time where and when it matters. 

 “The iBeacons will be placed on each lighthouse and will allow anyone that has downloaded the Aware app to listen to descriptions and information about the sculptures and the artists that created them,” said Rasha. 

“We are extremely excited to partner with The Chicago Lighthouse for this project, as the nonprofit has been a huge supporter of ours since we launched Aware, from Springfield, IL, four years ago.” 

Aware can be downloaded for free from iTunes or Google Play onto your mobile device.

Aware was named a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree in the Smart Cities product category, was METRO Magazine's third annual Innovative Solutions Award recipient in 2017 and the Springfield Business Journal recognized Rasha as a Woman of Influence in 2017.

You can find more information about the display here