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Cognitive aid system for blind people

Objective

The main aim of this project is to develop a system capable of interpreting and managing real world information from different sources to assist blind or visually impaired users. The system would present the user with enhanced image and audio maps of their surrounding to meaningfully improve the independence-and hence quality of life-of blind and visually impaired people.

The system will integrate and improve on previously developed systems from expert research centres:
- Computer Vision Group at the University of Bristol: They have developed a portable headset which, in real time, can overlay enhanced scene information to people with degraded vision. This is in collaboration with cognitive experts who have worked on ways of simplifying the image content whilst maintaining the most salient information. The researchers at Bristol have worked with blind people and a working prototype was successfully validated.
- Researchers at Universidad Politecnica de Valencia: They have been working in the development of 3D models useful in applications such as robotics or virtual reality.
- Universidad de La Laguna and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias: They have produced and successfully tested a system to represent spaces as acoustic maps for completely blind people. This was validated in experiments and demonstrated very good results.
- Siemens AG: They have developed a CMOS sensor able to acquire 3D Real world distance information in real time with high-levels of performance.

The combination and improvement of these developments, enhanced by means of cognitive analysis and decision-making can be tailored as an integrated, portable and suitable system for both visually impaired and blind people. This will allow them to benefit from a system tailored for everyday tasks, enabling autonomous navigation while being able to identify potential risks, obstacles and routes.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Address
Camino De Vera S/n
46022 Valencia
Spain

Participants (6)

DEUTSCHER BLINDEN - UND SEHBEHINDERTENVERBAND - SPITZENVERBAND IN DER BUNDESREPUBLIK DEUTSCHLAND
Germany
Address
Rungestrasse 19
10179 Berlin
ISTITUTO DEI CIECHI F. CAVAZZA*
Italy
Address
Via Castiglione 71
40124 Bologna
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Wittelsbacherplatz 2
80333 Muenchen
UNIVERSIDAD DE LA LAGUNA
Spain
Address
Molinos De Agua S/n
38207 La Laguna, Tenerife
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60100 Ancona
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
BS8 1TH Bristol