Lazarillo app in Chile

Lazarillo app in Chile

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Lazarillo app in Chile

A navigation tool for the visually impaired

Before you read the story of René, the founder of the Lazarillo app, watch this video that explains you what Lazarillo is and how it works.

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René Espinoza, founder and CEO of the Lazarillo app, that won the Award of Excellence by public vote in 2019 (Accessible Travel Foundation), tells his story.

Lazarillo app in Chile

Assistive technology

“While I was studying Electrical Engineering I also worked at a medical institution CETRAM in Chile, doing low cost assistive technology. There I learned a lot and came across a project for people with low vision and blindness in which I needed to develop a smartphone app.”

Accessible mobile apps

“At that time I didn’t know anything about apps accessibility. Doing research and interacting with over 30 people with different visual disabilities, I not only discovered how to create accessible mobile apps, but also their challenges for traveling through the city by themselves and going to new places.”

Thesis

“I thought there should be a better way and I dedicated my thesis to search for a solution, with the help of Miguel Gonzalez, a teacher of assistive technologies, who is also blind. He helped me develop the first prototype of the app. We tested the app after a year of iteration with 7 people in a shopping center. “

The results were incredible, and in 2016 Lazarillo was funded.

Lazarillo app in Chile

Lazarillo – a navigation app for the blind and visually impaired

Now it provides orientation everywhere in the world having more than 140.000 users in 29 countries, anyone can download Lazarillo and start using right away, on top of Lazarillo we have a platform that we use to map locations that doesn’t exist on any map, like University campuses, hospitals buildings, shopping centers, tourist parks and more.

A way finding solution

We sell our indoor/outdoor way finding solution to public and private institutions, this is how we finance our operation. We want to grow Lazarillo working with local entities that can use our platform to offer accessibility services.

Lazarillo is not only for people with visual disabilities, it can also provide the accessible route for people using a wheelchair. We are currently connecting our services with partners to grow together.

People can reach us directly at hello@lazarillo.cl and download the Lazarillo app at our website.

Lazarillo app