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Author (up) Velazquez, R.; Pissaloux, E.; Rodrigo, P.; Carrasco, M.; Giannoccaro, N.I.; Lay-Ekuakille, A.
Title An Outdoor Navigation System for Blind Pedestrians Using GPS and Tactile-Foot Feedback Type
Year 2018 Publication Applied Sciences-Basel Abbreviated Journal Appl. Sci.-Basel
Volume 8 Issue 4 Pages 15 pp
Keywords assistive technology; blind pedestrian; GPS localization; mobile computing; navigational system; tactile display; tactile-foot stimulation; wearable system
Abstract This paper presents a novel, wearable navigation system for visually impaired and blind pedestrians that combines a global positioning system (GPS) for user outdoor localization and tactile-foot stimulation for information presentation. Real-time GPS data provided by a smartphone are processed by dedicated navigation software to determine the directions to a destination. Navigational directions are then encoded as vibrations and conveyed to the user via a tactile display that inserts into the shoe. The experimental results showed that users were capable of recognizing with high accuracy the tactile feedback provided to their feet. The preliminary tests conducted in outdoor locations involved two blind users who were guided along 380-420 m predetermined pathways, while sharing the space with other pedestrians and facing typical urban obstacles. The subjects successfully reached the target destinations. The results suggest that the proposed system enhances independent, safe navigation of blind pedestrians and show the potential of tactile-foot stimulation in assistive devices.
Address [Velazquez, Ramiro; Rodrigo, Pedro] Univ Panamericana, Fac Engn, Aguascalientes 20290, Mexico, Email: rvelazquez@up.edu.mx;
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Language English Summary Language Original Title
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ISSN 2076-3417 ISBN Medium
Area Expedition Conference
Notes WOS:000434996400105 Approved
Call Number UAI @ eduardo.moreno @ Serial 880
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