Faculty Advisor

Agu, Emmanuel O.

Abstract

Visually impaired people face unique challenges navigating in unfamiliar public locations. Twenty- five percent of the visually impaired people travel through public locations without assistance other than a walking stick. Current navigation tools for the visually impaired focus on travelling from one location to another. This project focuses on designing a device for visually impaired people that is comfortable to use and can help with travelling independently. Our solution is a checkpoint system for the visually impaired that seamlessly integrates into a blind persons’ walking stick and can be installed into public building infrastructure without major upkeep. The results from our user testing indicated our device succeeded in helping users navigate to their destinations.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012

Major

Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

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