CELEBRATING

55

Years of
tactile paving

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inicio
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Born of Seichi-Miyake

Seiichi Miyake was born in 1926 in Kurashiki,
in the prefecture of Okayama, Japan.

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Seichi and his friend

He had a very good friend, Hideyuki Iwahashi. One day, his friend began to lose vision and soon he was diagnosed as going blind.

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Seichi thinking

The sincere desire to help his friend led him to a staggering invention.

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Seichi telling a secret to his friend

In 1965 Miyake invented tactile paving by investing his own money.

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walking on a tenjiblock

It featured two tactile patterns that people with disabilities can detect with a cane or with their feet.

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the two first diferent tenjiblocks

Blocks with lines in relief are directional indicators and blocks with floating circles are attention indicators.

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Seichi Miyake in Okayama

Tenji blocks were first installed in the Japanese city of Okayama on March 18, 1967, next to a school for the blind.

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TEnjiblocks in the Japan National Railroad

Ten years later, tactile slabs became mandatory on the Japan National Railroad.

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tenjiblocks around the world

Since then, Mr. Miyaki's invention has been implemented worldwide, established as a standard and universal design.

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Our doggy taking a snap

It implied an incredible advance in the mobility of blind people and continues to be a revolution today. But there was an unsolved challenge. How did users know, when they reached a stop point or intersection, where to go?
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A spanish reserchers and a innovative technological solutions company join efforts

Years later, in Europe, a group of Spanish researchers from the University of Alicante, together with the innovative technological solutions company Neosistec, began to work on developing solutions aimed at improving the autonomy and quality of life of people with visual disability.

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Developers and researchers working hard

With this objective, they got to work and, after almost ten years of research, they manage to develop a new and revolutionary system of digital color markers based on artificial vision: NaviLens.

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the implementation of NaviLens on a tactile paving

These markers allow for seamless integration into the tactile pavement, indicating to blind people when they reach an intersection, the different options where they can go based on their route or direction. This way, Navilens is enhancing the work started by Seiichi Miyaki in a very effective way.

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Scanning NaviLens code with a smartphone

NaviLens markers can be automatically read from a smartphone at a great distance, helping orientation and providing accessible information.

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walking on tenjiblocks and scaning NaviLens code

To do this, the marker recognition algorithm is complemented by an innovative 3D sonification system that, without the need for headphones, informs the user of the position, distance and orientation to the marker.

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Portrait of Seichi Miyake

NaviLens wants to pay a sincere tribute to this inventor who demonstrated that with perseverance and courage you can change the lives of many people and make a better world.

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Thanks Seiichi-San!



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