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Visually Impaired People Moving Aid Centralized System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200718D
Publication Date: 2010-Oct-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 135K

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Abstract

The new technologies allow to develop a wide range of novel assistive image capture devices, sensors or apparatus which can help the visually impaired or blind people to gain safer mobility. Our objective is to provide navigation aid outside the user?s apparatus from a connection to an innovative centralized system performing real time data acquisition and analysis.

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Visually Impaired People Moving Aid Centralized System

Visually Impaired People Moving Aid Centralized System

The visually impaired not only include blind persons, but also middle-aged people who commonly suffer from farsightedness, glaucoma, cataracts and other eye conditions that prevent them from accurately receiving and interpreting visual input from their environment.

    This is particularly challenging when navigating new environments both indoors and outdoors. The new technologies allow to develop a wide range of novel assistive image capture devices, sensors or apparatus which can help the visually impaired or blind people to gain safer mobility.

    In parallel, Researcher have developed new algorithms and numerical methods in imaging, object detection and identification, etc…

    In order to identify, compute the positioning (distances) of one person compared to his environment (fix and moving obstacles) and provide guidelines with a high level of accuracy and safety in real time, the current methods require a huge amount of input data and computing power which can not be provided by a mobile system.

    Our main objective is to centralize all types of data (GPS, video, image, geometric, i.e. building plans, street topology, maps,...) and to provide navigation aid outside the user's apparatus. This invention features an innovative centralized system performing real time data acquisition from the smart planet and analysis in order to assist visually impaired users in their motion.

    We propose a smart, flexible and centralized real time analytic platform and services able to continuous and extremely fast analysis of massive volumes of information-in-motion, with the parallel computational capabilities to carry out the most complex algorithms.

Our invention is made of 2 interconnected, programmable and flexible layers:
· communication/data acquisition layer,
· centralized analytic/computational layer.

    The communication layer manages the communication and the streaming data acquisition. All incoming communications for any type of devices can be implemented and integrated:
· Real time videos/images fluxes from monitoring network systems

(i.e. building security systems)
· GPS positioning
· Sensors, RFIDs, etc...