Volunteers who have a vision impairment needed

Published in June 2019

Northcott Innovation are seeking volunteers with vision impairment to take part in field research and test Guide Dots (a smart phone app).

Guide Dots is an app that aims to help individuals who have a vision impairment not only navigate between point A and B, but understand what’s between A and B.

Background: Northcott Innovation have developed an improved version of the free app Guide Dots. Guide Dots is an iOS and Android app that provides individuals with vision impairment broader information of the world around them and references points of interest between locations. The objective of the field research is to receive feedback from participants with vision impairment that have tested the Guide Dots app in a real world environment. The findings will be consolidated and used to improve the Guide Dots app.

We are looking for volunteers that:

  • Have low vision or are blind
  • Have and are confident in using an iOS smartphone
  • Are confident in using their chosen Orientation and Mobility approaches when out in their community
  • Are aged over 18 years or between 14-18 years with parental/guardian consent
  • Are confident in using public transport, and feel comfortable when ‘out and about’ in their local community
  • Can participate from in June – July

What will our participating volunteers be asked to do? We want to test and understand how participants utilise the Guide Dots smartphone app as they go about their daily routine. In order to do this, we would like to question participants via a short survey on how they felt Guide Dots performed whilst they:

  • Complete an everyday routine of their choosing; and/or
  • Complete a short walk

Our testing is intended to not be intrusive and we do not want to prevent participants from doing what they need to do, when they need to do it. After testing our app, we may like to have a short conversation with participants about:

  • How they felt the app performed?
  • What technical solutions they think could improve their experience?
  • Additional commentary on how we can enhance their independence by assisting the navigation of an urban environment.

Important information:

  • Your personal details will not be identifiable in any findings, reports or summaries produced.
  • We will not keep or store your personal information beyond finalisation of the research and will not at any point share it with third parties.
  • All the participating professionals have been cleared to work with children and vulnerable populations.

Do you want to volunteer? To express your interest to participate please email us with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your email address
  • Details on your current phone i.e. iPhone X, iPhone 7
  • Your residential suburb
  • Your preferred channel of contact (Phone or Email)

For further information or questions please contact: email us