Dual Reality - An Audio Walk in Zurich Hottingen
Stiftung Mühlehalde + "Adidas Stripes"
Hi, I'm Martha. I live here in the Stiftung Mühlehalde and I'll be your guide today as we walk in this neighbourhood. I’m blind.
Let me tell you first how this VoiceMap App works.
It uses your location to play audio at the right time and place. This means you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while, when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost and if you get off track without noticing, the App will let you know.
Are you ready? Let's go.
[2 second pause]
I like to buy a pack of cigarettes. Only one. That way, when they run out, I have to go out again. I usually go to the gas station down the road. I take my white cane, my wallet and go.
The white lines here are very helpful. We call them the “Adidas Stripes”. There are three, break, and then three again. The black and white is especially good for the partially sighted. It works even better at the Main Train Station where the contrast is stronger.
For me as a blind person, I must feel the lines with my cane. The cane is like an extension of my hand. It tells me everything. What is the ground beneath me? Where is the next obstacle? Am I walking straight? I usually walk on the side of the Adidas Stripes and I roll over three lines. Then it goes ta-ta-ta, ta-ta-ta, and that’s what I feel. It doesn’t matter if I catch all 6. Basically 3 is enough.
But here I don’t need to use the cane. I can put my hand on the rail to the right of the car park and follow it.
They say it’s a bright colour, so the partially sighted can see it, but I know it’s hard, round and smooth. Put your hand on it, just feel the surface and walk slowly until you reach the end.