A Study and Development of the Auditory Route Map Providing System for the Visually Impaired

  • Takafumi Ienaga
  • Michito Matsumoto
  • Masahiro Shibata
  • Nobuyuki Toyoda
  • Youko Kimura
  • Hiroshi Gotoh
  • Takehito Yasukouchi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4061)

Abstract

These days, we are able to get updated visual map freely from web sites. However, auditory maps for the visually impaired were not able to get easily. So, we studied about the system which enables us to generate and provide the auditory map via Internet. In this paper, we described about the production rules of our auditory map. And, we also described about the questionnaire and two experiments to determine the information which was put into the map. The results of experiment suggested that it is important whether the subjects were able to find the point for changing their directions to reach to the destination. And we applied that suggestion to our prototype system. And, finally, we also described about the problems of our system and our future works.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takafumi Ienaga
    • 1
  • Michito Matsumoto
    • 1
  • Masahiro Shibata
    • 1
  • Nobuyuki Toyoda
    • 2
  • Youko Kimura
    • 2
  • Hiroshi Gotoh
    • 2
  • Takehito Yasukouchi
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Systems and Information Technology / KYUSHUFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Fukuoka Welfare Center for Persons with Disabilities 

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