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Navigation Aid for Hearing Impaired People

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000130295D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Nov-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Nov-25
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Siemens

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Abstract

Many people have hearing difficulties. In addition, some people have difficulties to find their way back home or to other places by foot, too. Up to now, for both problems, several products are available. But there are no devices, which are solving both problems at the same time. So, the user always needs to take two devices with him with complete different handlings. One hearing device, used to amplify the sound signals from the environment, which helps the user to understand a person who is indicating him the right way, but does not generate the routing information, and one navigation system, indicating the right route by visual and acoustic indications. In this case, the acoustic information will not be amplified and the person with hearing difficulties will need an additional hearing device. The visual information is not enough to indicate the way, especially for elderly persons. Also the complex handling of a separate navigation device might overextend their capabilities.

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Navigation Aid for Hearing Impaired People

Idea: Carlos Lucas, DE-Muenchen; Jesús Fernando Guitarte Pérez, DE-Muenchen; Klaus Lucas,

DE-Muenchen

Many people have hearing difficulties. In addition, some people have difficulties to find their way back home or to other places by foot, too. Up to now, for both problems, several products are available. But there are no devices, which are solving both problems at the same time. So, the user always needs to take two devices with him with complete different handlings. One hearing device, used to amplify the sound signals from the environment, which helps the user to understand a person who is indicating him the right way, but does not generate the routing information, and one navigation system, indicating the right route by visual and acoustic indications. In this case, the acoustic information will not be amplified and the person with hearing difficulties will need an additional hearing device. The visual information is not enough to indicate the way, especially for elderly persons. Also the complex handling of a separate navigation device might overextend their capabilities.

The main idea is to combine the functions of the described devices above into one device. The components of the new device are a low size hearing device, an embedded GPS (Global Positioning System), a navigation engine, which can be restricted to cover just one city or a dedicated local area around the home target location, a configurable softwar...