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Orientation and Mobility Training Program

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  1. 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...[More Information]

  2. AUDIO-BASED ENVIRONMENT SIMULATOR (AbES) Picture of 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...[More Information]

  3. ECHOLOCATION TRAINING GAME Picture of 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 dev...[More Information]

  4. NAVIGATIONAL AIDS FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED (NAVI) Picture of 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 K...[More Information]

  5. SIGHTED WHEELCHAIR Picture of SIGHTED WHEELCHAIR -------- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a robotic wheelchair that uses three dimensional (3D) imaging to allow individuals who are blind or have low vision and use a wheelchair to "see" when navigating in the indoor and outdoor environment. Researchers at the Luleå University of Technology (LTU) in Sweden have developed a wheelchair that uses a laser sensor to generate a 3D map of its surroundings, which is then transferred to an on-board haptic robot, allowing the robot t...[More Information]

  6. SMART CANE -------- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a “Smart Cane” that can read and interpret electronic navigation tags installed between buildings to aid a person who is blind or with low-vision navigate toward his or her destination with greater ease. Designed by an engineering professor and five students at Central Michigan University, The Smart Cane uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFI) technology similar to what retailers use to protect products from theft. The Smart Cane c...[More Information]

  7. TEACHING AND LEARNING THE SENDERO GPS Teaching and Learning the Sendero GPS is an orientation and mobility training program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or their teachers. This software suite provides training on use of the Sendero GPS voice output mobility program from Sendero Group. This training program uses plain English to help assistive technology trainers and mobility instructors who need to train their students, parents who want to teach their children, and individuals who want to teach th...[More Information]

  8. ULTRASONIC GOGGLES Picture of ULTRASONIC GOGGLES -------- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of goggles that assist individuals who have low vision to navigate. Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain have developed a pair of ultrasonic goggles that are intended to make it safer and easier for people who have low vision to get around. Individuals with partial sight experience "Terminator-style vision" through the use of two cameras mounted onto a virtual reality headset that is then connected to a small compu...[More Information]

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