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Audible Navigation and Orientation Aid

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Ariadne Gps

Ariadne GPS is an app that meets the needs of the blind in an easy-to-use interface. Talking maps allow users to explore the world around them by moving their finger around the map. While exploring, crossing a street is signaled by vibration. It has a "favorites" feature, and can be used to announce stops on the bus or train. Rotating maps keep users centered, with territory behind the user on the bottom of the screen and what is ahead on the top portion. Available in multiple languages, Ariadne

Audio-Based Environment Simulator (Abes)

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of an audio map for individuals who are blind or have low vision to enable them to navigate in unknown places. Researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School have developed software that uses audio signals to convey a map of an area that a blind person will then walk through. The Audio-based Environment Simulator (AbES) is virtual environment software designed to improve real world navigation skills in the


The AUSION is an innovative electronic mobility and travel aid designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. AUSION enables people with visual disabilities to move around indoors and outdoors with confidence and least assistance. The device uses ultrasound waves and translates them into sound information that can be heard via the headset by the user. By interpreting these audible sounds, the user is able to virtually recreate the environment. AUSION detects overhanging obstac

Blind Spot

---- 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


BlindSquare is a navigational smartphone app designed to help individuals who are blind or visually impaired with orientation and mobility. Using the iOS device’s GPS capabilities, BlindSquare looks up information about the environment on Foursquare (a smartphone app that provides information about nearby venues) and OpenStreetMap (an editable online map of the world) to determine the user’s location. It then speaks this information aloud in a clear, synthetic voice. BlindSquare can announce the

ClickAndGo Navigation

ClickAndGo Navigation is a patented wayfinding technology designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Accessible online and via mobile app, ClickAndGo Navigation provides detailed audio and text-based route information throughout the chosen venue - both indoors and outdoors. In addition to narrative directions, ClickAndGo Navigation provides customized low vision maps as well as real-time location support. It also features Pre-Journey Learning, which provides users with a virtual

Echolocation Training Game

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of an echolocation trainer for children and adults who are blind or have low vision. Echolocation is a method by which humans and some type of animals (such as bats and dolphins) can navigate their environment by making sounds and determining the location of objects based on the echos of that sound. The Echolocation Trainer was designed as a learning game for parents with children who have visual disabilities. The game can assist in develop

Eye Stick

---- 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 --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a sensory substitution device that employs pleasant musical scales to convey visual information for individuals who are blind or have low vision. A team of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created EyeMusic, which allows users who are blind or have low vision to "see" by assigning sounds to images. EyeMusic consists of a pair of glasses with an attached video camera, which is wired to a pair of headphones. The headphon


---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype device to assist individuals who are blind or have low vision to identify objects and read text. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a camera-equipped ring, EyeRing, that can identify objects and read text, transmitting the information to the user audibly. The EyeRing is a finger-worn device that the user points at an object, takes a photo, and hear voice feedback describing the object that the ring is f

Navigation Glasses For The Blind

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of glasses that allow users who are blind or have low vision navigate their environment. Navigation Glasses for the Blind is a pair of special glasses teamed with an earpiece and a microphone. It helps the individual who is blind or has low vision to visualize their surroundings. Sensors in the glasses pick up the elements around the person and provide auditory feedback to represent the surrounding environment. A microphone built into the g

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

Nearby Explorer

Nearby Explorer is an Android App designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. It includes built-in maps covering millions of points of interest in the U.S. and Canada. Nearby Explorer uses GPS and your phone’s compass to speak real-time information about: surrounding and approaching streets, businesses, institutions, and public facilities. Nearby Explorer continually updates distance/direction to the nearest point or a selected point. This increases awareness of your exa


The OrCam is voice output navigation and orientation aid with voice input controls, optical character recognition (OCR) reading device, and voice output paper money identifier for people who are blind or have low vision and people with reading or memory disabilities. The OrCam consists of a small camera that can be attached to any standard pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses, a small but powerful computer that can be clipped to a belt or put into a pocket, and a bone conductive earpiece. The camera

OrCam MyEye

OrCam MyEye is a product that transforms visual stimuli into spoken word. It is designed for individuals with limited vision or those who are blind. It can fit onto any eyeglass frame and it can read text, recognize faces and identify products and money notes. This device can read books, newspapers, screens, restaurant menus, labels, and street signs. The devices focus on items by a gesture. It stores up to 150 items of the users most used products. The device then reads those devices back to th


The RAY is a cellular phone configured for use by people who are blind or have low vision. The RAY is a fully functional Huawei Vision smartphone with an Android operating system that has been modified to simplify navigation through the phone's functions and applications (apps) and to provide voice input for certain functions and apps as well as voice output for all screen content using text-to-speech technology. In addition to basic smartphone capabilities such as calling, text messaging, calen

Raynes Rail

The Raynes Rail is a tactile and voice output orientation aid and an exhibit accessibility system designed for people who are blind or have low vision. The Raynes Rail can be installed in a variety of environments to provide audible and braille navigation and orientation information at strategic points. One or more rails can be installed in a location. Each rail has a braille label on one side providing navigation and orientation information about the premises in close proximity to the rail. The

Sonar Vision

---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype device based on sonar that allows individuals who are congenitally blind to sense their surroundings. Researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a device, "Sonar Vision," which transforms images into sound, enabling an individual who is blind to perceive visual information audibly. Results of a conducted study using the technology were published in "Neuron." This sonar system can transform images into sounds by using


TalkingTags is an audible and voice output indoor navigation and orientation aid for people who are blind or have low vision. The Talking Tags system includes a base unit worn on the wrist like a watch and a set of 40 radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Each RFID tags can be associated with up to three pre-recorded messages that state what an item is, the item’s location, and how it is used prepared or combined with other item. When the user moves within a specified distance of the RFID

The BuzzClip

The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable device for people that are blind or partially sighted to be used to prevent them from bumping into hazardous obstacles to increase independent orientation and mobility. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in the user's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level

Trekker Breeze+ Handheld Talking GPS

The Trekker Breeze+ is a handheld talking GPS designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision. It provides users with specific walking directions as they travel, and a number of other key features: The “Where Am I” button informs the user of his or her current cardinal direction, next intersection, nearest address, and current street. The “What’s Around” feature describes the public services and businesses that are nearby as well as surrounding landmarks and points of interests. And th


---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a device that communicate an object's shape and location to individuals who are blind or have low vision. vOICe maps visual images to sound and then provides blindfolded users with a sense of what an object is and where it is located. The device uses a small web camera mounted on the nose bridge of sunglasses to provide visual input to a small pocket PC (or smartphone) to run software that transforms this input into auditory signals that

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