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Detection and multimodal presentation of indoor objects for visually impaired people

Objective

"The World Health Organisation states that one of 175 people is totally blind. The majority of these people are only mobile if they have help of others, or solely use known pace ways. Besides the cane with a limited range and an expensive guide dog, there are very few aids that support individual mobility of the visually impaired. Available assistant equipment and navigation systems based on GPS have some additional value to determine global directions, but are not able to deal with (moving) persons and obstacles, have a low accuracy and do not work indoors.
This project will develop the stand-alone wearable RANGE-IT prototype, which detects and presents close range objects (<7 meter) to the user in any indoor space. Furthermore, specific reference points (e.g., stairs) will be identified. Based on individual needs and with respect to context, presentation of information will be in tactile and/or audio modality.
RANGE-IT will be built using affordable components, taking advantage of the latest developments in tactile and 3D camera hardware and image recognition software. An iterative co-creation design process will be followed to ensure an optimal integration and user acceptance.
The successful development of the RANGE-IT system will make it the first indoor stand-alone system in the world to assist blind persons in navigating through the environment. It will increase the individual mobility of visually impaired people and their participation in society."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/hiv

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ELITAC BV
Address
Amsterdamsestraatweg 285
3551 CE Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 357 700
Administrative Contact
Carien Caljouw (Ms.)

Participants (5)

DRAGER UND LIENERT GBR
Germany
EU contribution
€ 364 420
Address
Stadtwaldstrasse 62
35037 Marburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dennis Koster (Mr.)
SOFTKINETIC SENSORS NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 178 460
Address
Pleinlaan 11
1050 Brussel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ilse Ravyse (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 16 000
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christina Bogacz (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 25 500
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paul Pelsmaeker (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 13 920
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)