In.sight develops, ARIANNA, an innovative navigation system designed to help people with visual disabilities move through public spaces improving their accessibility. All this is done with a mobile app and a common colour-band as a tape or a paint. By orienting towards the floor the smartphone's camera, the mobile phone identify the right path recognising a coloured strips. The user then receives a message informing on the position of the strip and about the direction to take. This usefull conversation guides him/her all the way home. Along the way will also be placed receptive tags capable of giving the user furher information related to his/her location.
With ARIANNA our idea is to use smartphones’ technology as a medium with reality - extending the sensory capabilities of visually impaired and giving them a new consistent tool to approach everyday life.
ARIANNA is a flexible, low-cost navigation system. It canbe used in any indoor environment (airports, museums, hospitals, shoppi...
In.sight develops, ARIANNA, an innovative navigation system designed to help people with visual disabilities move through public spaces improving their accessibility. All this is done with a mobile app and a common colour-band as a tape or a paint. By orienting towards the floor the smartphone's camera, the mobile phone identify the right path recognising a coloured strips. The user then receives a message informing on the position of the strip and about the direction to take. This usefull conversation guides him/her all the way home. Along the way will also be placed receptive tags capable of giving the user furher information related to his/her location.
With ARIANNA our idea is to use smartphones’ technology as a medium with reality - extending the sensory capabilities of visually impaired and giving them a new consistent tool to approach everyday life.
ARIANNA is a flexible, low-cost navigation system. It canbe used in any indoor environment (airports, museums, hospitals, shopping malls) as well as outdoor (stations, sidewalks, etc.). Furthermore emploied in charge of specific areas can easily install the strips, keeping low the cost of maintenance but providing users with an interactive and easily configurable system.
The low cost and ease of use are key aspects to make the system accessible to all and at any time. The diffusion of smart-phones should permit a rapid response and open to possible further developments.
Based on a bulletin of the WHO, people affected by blindness and low vision problems are currently about 1.75% of the total European population. This percentage is constantly growing due to the aging of the population - this depends manly on macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic problems affecting elderly people.
Thanks to ARIANNA, the visually impaired can increase their independence and social inclusion.
The system can be also upgraded with many additional services. The availability of mobile internet connection and gps provide enhanced features, towards augmented reality and extended topology knowledge. A fully connected system also adds multiple security options keeping the user continuously tracked - this is specially useful for people who might possibly need real-time help or hints on their location.
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