Tactile Navigation and Orientation Aid
AdaptTap is a swimming pool lane navigation system designed for swimmers who are blind or visually impaired. It consists of a series of flexible plastic rods with balls on one end and brackets on the other that can be attached to a standard lane line. The shorter rods, when attached at regular intervals down both lane lines, can help keep the swimmer in the middle of the lane and prevent him or her from veering into the next lane. The longer rods, when attached to each end of the pool, can alert
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a "smart" white cane that integrates a mobile phone, wireless technologies, and Bluetooth technology to improve the social lives of individuals who have low vision or are blind. BlindSpot appears to be an ordinary white cane but incorporates the features of a GPS-enabled smartphone with a tactile and audio interface to let a user walk more confidently while navigating social settings a little more easily than usual. BlindSpot offers a fr
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a walking cane with an integrated navigation system for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The E-Touch is a touch sensitive and interactive system designed to make navigating in an urban environment easier. The device features an SD card slot where an individual can load maps into the device. The E-Touch beams out guided turn-by-turn directions for the user via a wireless earpiece and tactile feedback through the triangle prot
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of cane that only uses light and ultrasonic sensors to guide individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Eye Stick reinvents the traditional cane. It consists of just a handle that is comparable in size to a flashlight. The Eye Stick uses light rays and ultrasonic sensors to identify obstacles and determine distances to help individuals who are blind or have low vision to navigate their surroundings safely as they would with a cane. T
PROTOTYPE------Handshake is an android app that helps bicyclists with cognitive and learning disabilities navigate without having to look at their phones. It does so by providing haptic feedback for turn-by-turn navigation. The user enters the start and destination address in the app. The app then gets data from Google navigation APIs and parses out the geo-coordinates for each turn. The phones GPS is also being sampled with every location update. If the phone GPS is less than 5 meters of a turn
Le Chal System
-- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a navigational device similar to a white cane in the form of footwear (i.e. shoes) to assist individuals who are blind or have low vision in navigating to a specific geographic location. Anirudh Sharma, a young researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Bangalore, India designed this prototype system entitled "Le Chal," which is Hindi for "Take Me There." The Le Chal system is designed to assist users in navigating when walking to specific geo
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a modified white cane for users who are blind or have low vision. The Light Stick is a white cane and voice output reading machine and money identifier for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Light Stick has an obstacle sensor at the end of the cane section to alert the user of obstacles ahead. The modular handgrip detaches from the cane, and it can serve as a voice output scanner that can read written text aloud to the use
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of navigation bracelet for individuals who are blind or have low vision to navigate through a train and/or subway system. The Metro Dot is a bracelet that can be a remote fare card for a public transportation system and an navigation aid that provides information in Braille and through vibration for individuals with visual disabilities. To use the Metro Dot, the user speaks their destination into the bracelet, and then holds the bracelet ad
Navigational Aids For The Visually Impaired (Navi)
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an adapted Kinect sensor to help improve the indoor navigation of individuals with visual disabilities. Engineering students at the University of Konstanz in Germany have developed a prototype to improve indoor navigation for individuals with visual impairment using the Microsoft Kinect camera, a vibrotactile waistbelt, and markers from the AR-Toolkit. Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired (NAVI), consists of a helmet-mounted Kinec
Tactile Town: 3-D Orientation And Mobility Kit
Tactile Town: 3-D Orientation and Mobility Kit is designed for use by students ages 5 and older, who are visually impaired and blind. Assists in the development of cognitive mapping skills by helping students perceive and organize their physical environment specific to concepts such as street layouts, intersections, route patterns, city block arrangements, etc. Encourages active participation and interaction with displayed map layouts so that concepts and skills, not conveniently accessed throug
The Wayband™ is designed for individuals who are blind or partially blind. The wristband communicates navigation information by using non-intrusive tactile feedback. The device includes a slim/sleek band and features a steel mesh loop that can be adjusted. The Wayband app must be downloaded before using the device. The app is currently designed for iOS devices only.
Wayfindr is a prototype of an app -Bluetooth operated- intended for blind and low vision people that want to travel the London Tube. The navigation is possible because of the beacon technology and Bluetooth that gives audible directions and traces the user location in the subway. A prototype has been recently trialed at Pimlico station, where sixteen beacons have been installed.