Public buildings are the keys to use a society in its full extent. They allow you to get a passport, take a train to travel through the country or see the art in a museum. But what happens if you do not have independent access? Spaces are built by visual orientation, making it impossible for visual impaired to fully experience the architecture. Tik-Tik is an inclusive indoor navigation app. It allows visually impaired users to independently access a public building. It works by letting a smart-phone position itself in a space and recognize the registered spatial environment. A blind user selects the destination and is guided by using the telephone as a vibrating dowsing rod. Tik-Tik Indoor navigation app is a concept with which Simon Dogger graduated the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2017 as a blind designer. The concept is inspired by his loss of independence in public spaces and is in line with his vision to promote equality in society through innovation. In collaboration with app developer Vention BV and the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, the app will be further developed into a market-compliant product for use in museums. In addition, the app will be further developed for use in all indoor and outdoor public locations.
The main objective of Tik-Tik is a safe, reliable and accessible app that offers indoor and outdoor navigation for a visually limited target group. The focus is on software and hardware development and the integration of other technologies to align the app with the main objective and conditions of security. In collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, a product is being developed for their location, which can be implemented in other museums as a plug and play concept. The app will also be further developed for use in all (indoor and outdoor) public locations such as train stations, town halls, shopping streets, shops, etc.
Tik-Tik is an iOS navigation app that integrates AR kit 4, Core Haptics, Depth API and LiDAR hardware that enables the app to create navigation files through the mapping function. A physical space must be scanned via Augmented Reality and converted into a virtual map with destinations and walking routes. This file is placed in the cloud. With the navigation function, a visually impaired visitor in a mapped public space can download the correct file via GPS tracking, select a destination and be guided to that destination by using the telephone as a dowsing rod. The phone vibrates when you walk in the right direction.
Tik-Tik is a Design Academy Eindhoven graduation project in 2017.
The first prototype was developed and launched in 2018.
The navigation function was built on the basis of beacons and with this technology
the accuracy of navigation did not meet the safety conditions.
The second prototype (Tik-Tik V2 phase 1) was developed in 2019
in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.
Funding has been received for this from DEN (Digitization Heritage Netherlands).
The navigation function was built on the new release AR kit 3 and Core Haptics from IOS.
The prototype had the objective to technically investigate
the feasability of non-visual navigation via Augmented Reality.
In 2020, a project subsidy was awarded for validation research
with prototype 2 and the further development of prototype 3 (betha version) (Tik-Tik v2 phase 2).
2020 Dutch Design Award discipline Young Designer with, among others, Tik-Tik.
The beta version is expected to be delivered in April 2021.
The follow-up phase (phase 3) consists of a pilot and the further development
towards a market-based product (MVP) for use in museums. This MVP is expected to be released november 2021.
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, DEN (Kennisinstituut cultuur & digitalisering), smARTplaces
Van AbbeMuseum Eindhoven, Vention Technologys BV, Koninklijke Visio Nederland
The following ZIP-file includes Hi-Res images and a description of the project.
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