Electronic wayfinding system to be pilot tested.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Electronics in navigation (Product development)
Self-help devices for the disabled (Product development)
Pub Date: 02/01/2011
Publication: Name: Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness Publisher: American Foundation for the Blind Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 American Foundation for the Blind ISSN: 0145-482X
Issue: Date: Feb, 2011 Source Volume: 105 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research; 331 Product development Computer Subject: Handicapped access device
Product: Product Code: 3662400 Electronic Navigation Systems NAICS Code: 334511 Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing SIC Code: 3812 Search and navigation equipment
Organization: Organization: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 249684295
Full Text: An electronic wayfinding system developed by Aura Ganz, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is designed to allow people who are visually impaired to safely navigate unfamiliar buildings using an electronic device and a Bluetooth headphone (Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances from fixed and mobile devices using short wavelength radio transmissions). The system, PERCEPT, uses radio frequency identification (RFID), a technology that exchanges data between a reader device and an electronic tag. The tags, in this case, are placed throughout a building as audio landmarks that can be accessed by a RFID device and played for the user via headphones. The research team led by Dr. Ganz developed PERCEPT with the help of a three-year, $380,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute. A prototype of the system is expected to be installed in June 2011 in a campus building. Carole Wilson, a certified orientation and mobility specialist at the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, is also helping with the project. She recruited 20 visually impaired subjects to test the PERCEPT system once it is in stalled this summer. For more information, contact: Aura Ganz, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Knowles Engineering Building, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA 01003; e-mail: .
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