Cities Unlocked

Getting around cities is a nerve-wracking experience for too many people, especially those living with sight loss. Too often it can feel like public spaces and services - from parks to transport systems - are designed with insufficient consideration for the people they serve.

Combining the expertise of Microsoft, Guide Dogs and Future Cities Catapult with other organisations, Cities Unlocked has developed an in-depth understanding of the challenges people with sight loss face when using our cities. This has enabled us to develop a new technology that could eventually help unlock cities for everyone.

The early results show that sound-based technology has the potential to improve the way people experience the city. Indeed, our trials and research show that the technology we’re testing can reduce levels of stress and anxiety, giving people with sight loss more confidence when they’re out and about in an urban environment.

If you have any queries regarding Microsoft products and accessibility call the Disability Answer Desk on 0800 026 0584 during normal office hours.

If you are based outside of the UK please visit the Disability Answer Desk for contact details.