This paper describes an electronic travel aid device, that may enable blind individuals to "see the world with their ears". A wearable prototype will be assembled using low-cost hardware: earphones, sunglasses fitted with two micro cameras, and a palmtop computer. The system, which currently runs on a desktop computer, is able to detect the light spot produced by a laser pointer, compute its angular position and depth, and generate a corresponding sound providing auditory cues for perception of the position and distance of the pointed surface patch. It permits different sonification modes that can be chosen by drawing, with the laser pointer, a predefined stroke which will be recognized by a hidden Markov model. In this way a blind person can use a common pointer as a replacement for the cane and will interact with the device using a flexible and natural sketch based interface.

A multimodal electronic travel aid device.

FUSIELLO, Andrea;FONTANA, Federico;
2002-01-01

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This paper describes an electronic travel aid device, that may enable blind individuals to "see the world with their ears". A wearable prototype will be assembled using low-cost hardware: earphones, sunglasses fitted with two micro cameras, and a palmtop computer. The system, which currently runs on a desktop computer, is able to detect the light spot produced by a laser pointer, compute its angular position and depth, and generate a corresponding sound providing auditory cues for perception of the position and distance of the pointed surface patch. It permits different sonification modes that can be chosen by drawing, with the laser pointer, a predefined stroke which will be recognized by a hidden Markov model. In this way a blind person can use a common pointer as a replacement for the cane and will interact with the device using a flexible and natural sketch based interface.
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