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Welcome to NaviLens!

NaviLens technology has been installed throughout the museum to assist the Blind and those with low vision in navigating autonomously. Its sister app, NaviLens GO, uses the same technology to offer the same on-demand, interactive experiences for sighted visitors.

This technology works by using unique colored blocks, referred to as tags, that can be scanned by using the NaviLens or NaviLens GO app on a mobile device. The scanned tag then provides an audio overview of the accompanying exhibit, description of specific artifacts on display plus a related historical anecdote.

It works similarly to how QR codes are accessed. However, the NaviLens tags offer distinct advantages over QR codes:

  • NaviLens detects the tags automatically when the app is open. Therefore, the user does not need to know an exact physical location before interacting with a posted code.
  • NaviLens captures tags from a distance. As the size of the posted tag increases so does the detectable distance.
  • NaviLens captures multiple tags simultaneously.
  • NaviLens assists the user in navigating accurately to within one foot of a captured tag using audible prompts.
  • NaviLens assists the user in walking autonomously through tagged spaces using prompts between navigational tags.
  • NaviLens allows for international access, as 34 languages are currently supported.

NaviLens (designed for the Blind and those with low-vision) and NaviLens Go (designed for the sighted community) are available for download in your iOS or Android app store.

For the comfort of those around you, we request that you use earbuds while using NaviLens’ audio features..

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