Tracktile is a design concept developed for visually impaired and blind people. It is based on electronically augmented, custom-made tactile maps which allow their users to familiarise themselves with unknown surroundings in advance, e.g. when preparing for a holiday in an unknown city and to navigate them more easily and autonomously.
Tracktile was designed and developed at the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences in response to a briefing on inclusive design & technologies issued by Microsoft Research. The project was selected by Microsoft to be presented at the 2015 Design Expo held from July 27th – 31st in Redmond, Washington, where it received an award for Best Execution.
Tracktile was also nominated for the Designpreis Brandenburg and was featured in the regional newspapers Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung and Potsdamer Neueste Nachrichten, in the regional evening news of the television station RBB and as part of a dossier on inclusive design in the German design magazine form.
For further information on the project, please visit the Tracktile website.