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Navigation and space perception assistance for the visually impaired: The NAVIG project

Abstract : Navigation, especially in unknown areas, remains a major problem for the visually impaired (VI). Over the past 50 years, a number of electronic travel aids (ETAs) have been developed with the aim of improving the mobility of the VI. Despite the efforts, these systems are rarely used. Although the explanation is likely to be incomplete, it is possible to identify three important factors: (1) positioning accuracy provided by these devices is not sufficient to guide a VI pedestrian, (2) these systems are based on Geographical Information Systems not adapted to pedestrian mobility, and (3) the guidance methods should be adapted to the task of pedestrian navigation. The NAVIG project aims to answer all these limitations through a participatory design framework with the VI and orientation and mobility instructors. The NAVIG device aims to complement conventional mobility aids (i.e. white cane and guide dog), while also adding unique features to localize specific objects in the environment, restore some visuomotor abilities, and assist navigation.
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Submitted on : Monday, April 16, 2012 - 3:54:45 PM
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Slim Kammoun, Gaétan Parseihian, Olivier Gutierrez, Adrien Brilhault, Antonio Serpa, et al.. Navigation and space perception assistance for the visually impaired: The NAVIG project. Innovation and Research in BioMedical engineering, 2012, 33 (2), pp.182-189. ⟨hal-00688100⟩



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