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VibroTac S: An Electronic Assistive Device for Blind and Visually Impaired People to Avoid Collisions

Schätzle, Simon and Hulin, Thomas and Pleintinger, Benedikt (2018) VibroTac S: An Electronic Assistive Device for Blind and Visually Impaired People to Avoid Collisions. Springer. International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED), 25.-27. Okt. 2018, Reims, Frankreich. ISSN 2194-5357

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Abstract

This paper presents a new concept for an electronic assistive device for blind and visually impaired people. Due to the integration of tiny distance sensors into the vibrotactile wristband VibroTac®, this novel device enables to detect obstacles in the user’s vicinity and thus to avoid collisions. The simultaneous monitoring of areas in different directions up to about one meter as well as an intuitive notification of the direction and the distance of detected objects through corresponding vibrating actuators is unique and makes its use very intuitive. A prototype was tested with three blind people in a mobility and in a table scenario. We received very positive and promising feedback and blind people rated the device to have great potential to be a useful aid in their daily life.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/123013/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:VibroTac S: An Electronic Assistive Device for Blind and Visually Impaired People to Avoid Collisions
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schätzle, SimonSimon.Schaetzle (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hulin, ThomasThomas.Hulin (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pleintinger, Benediktbenedikt.pleintinger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2018
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 613-619
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:2194-5357
Status:Published
Keywords:Electronic assistive device for blind and visually impaired people Collision avoidance Vibrotactile feedback Electronic aid
Event Title:International Conference on Human Systems Engineering and Design (IHSED)
Event Location:Reims, Frankreich
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:25.-27. Okt. 2018
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Weiterentwicklung Robotik - Mechatronik und Dynamik
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013) > Mechatronic Systems
Deposited By: Schätzle, Simon
Deposited On:30 Nov 2018 00:36
Last Modified:30 Nov 2018 00:36

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