Category: Orientation and Mobility

Visually Impaired Assistant (Via)

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-------- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of an electronic obstacle detector and navigation aid for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Visually Impaired Assistant (VIA) is a pair of devices worn on the hands that use video motion detection technology combined with 4 mini cameras to detect obstacles as a person walks. It is intended to be used in place of a white cane. As the one of the VIA devices detects obstacles, it vibrates to warn the user to turn away from the obstruction. To aid with navigation, the VIA has a voice-operated GPS system. The user speaks a location into the GPS device, and it guides him/her to that destination. The VIA devices use separate vibration mechanisms from the obstacle alert feature to guide the user toward the final destination. VIA is charged with a wirelessly functioning mat. TITLE: Visually Impaired with Fine Hands. WEBSITE: Yanko Design. REF:


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Visually Impaired Assistant (Via)