Digital Sign System for Indoor Wayfinding for the Visually Impaired
Publication Name: Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) – Workshops
Mobility challenges and independent travel are major concerns for blind and visually impaired pedestrians . Navigation and wayfinding in unfamiliar indoor environments are particularly challenging because blind pedestrians do not have ready access to building maps, signs and other orienting devices. The development of assistive technologies to aid wayfinding is hampered by the lack of a reliable and cost-efficient method for providing location information in an indoor environment. Here we describe the design and implementation of a digital sign system based on low-cost passive retro-reflective tags printed with specially designed patterns that can be readily detected and identified by a hand-held camera and machine-vision system. Performance of the prototype showed the tag detection/recognition system could cope with the real-world environment of a typical building.
Tjan, B.S., Beckmann, P.J., Roy, R., Giudice, N.A., & Legge, G.E. (2005). Digital sign system for indoor wayfinding for the visually impaired. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) – Workshops. 3, 30A. San Diego, CA.