Life sciences student Anette von Laffert is rushing to get to a rugby game. She hurries quickly down an alleyway but suddenly stops at the sight of an obstacle: a pair of steps. Oh no, she thinks. Here we go again.
Or rather: Here we don’t go again. For a wheelchair user like her, stairs are an insurmountable barrier, so she has to turn around and start all over again — which is extremely frustrating. Getting from A to B is everything but straightforward when you can’t walk.
The “Trailblazers” mapping software can be downloaded onto mobile phones or PDAs.
Fortunately things could soon take a new direction: A specialist mapping software which charts barriers like steps or road damage is currently being developed by a group of Laffert’s fellow students at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg.