Description of App:
WayAround is the app for your smart device that provides on-demand details about everyday things. The simple tag-and-scan approach lets you quickly and easily identify things around you. It also provides extra details, like how something works or when it expires.
This app uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which is the same feature as Apple Pay. WayAround Tag and Scan uses NFC technology to allow you to use different types of stickers, magnets, buttons, and clips to label things in your home or office. These WayTags have the NFC chips in them, and once you download the app you can either use your Apple NFC reader, or a WayLink device from WayAround.
You don't have to line up the camera or wait for a bar code to scan, you simply get near the WayTag you have placed on an item and it will read you what you programmed it to read aloud using the app. There is a general description area, and then specifics that you can fill in using their form fields. For example, you can sew a completely waterproof tag into a shirt and when you scan it, you could have labeled it "blue button up shirt-wash cold-hang dry-purchased June 1, 2017". Or, you could place a magnet on the fridge with a note for a roommate programmed on it, and re-program it later.
It is completely accessible with Voice Over, and was created to benefit and assist the independence of the visually impaired (but really could be utilized by anyone).
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WayAround Tag and Scan is completely accessible with Voice Over. All things are labeled and the effort to make the focus go to logical places is much appreciated. The app is very user friendly for high contrast and other visual alterations as well. It is intuitive and simple once you understand the product and what you need to purchase to take advantage of the app.
The programmers made an effort to test altered gestures, Braille displays, and a simple aesthetic to make this not only accessible for those with loss of vision, but other disabilities as well. Plus, they are very responsive to comments, feedback, and questions.
This is an amazing app that has a lot of potential to be a staple in the home and office. As more people experience vision loss and do not read Braille this is a fantastic and economical way to replace cumbersome labels. It also has the promise of expanding to other areas, such as navigation and universal design. My only comment is not really one that can be easily fixed with assistive technology. The hardest part is understanding initially what this app is and how the WayTags that go with it work. The website is very helpful though, and as I mentioned the staff are very responsive.