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CyARM – Interactive Device for Environment Recognition Using a Non-visual Modality

  • Makoto Okamoto
  • Junichi Akita
  • Kiyohide Ito
  • Tetsuo Ono
  • Tomohito Takagi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3118)

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to develop an interactive device for environment recognition, which uses senses other than vision. At present there is no interactive device with which a person who is visually handicapped can gain an intuitive impression of the external world. Our device, which we have named CyARM, has a mechanism that controls the motion of a visually impaired person’s arm according to information about distance gathered by an ultrasonic sensor. We refined the features of CyARM through experimentation. The user can identify not only the existence of an object, but also its form.

Keywords

Joint Attention Ultrasonic Sensor Blind People Interactive Device Blind User 
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References

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    Hughes, B.: Active artificial echolocation and nonvisual perception of aperture passability. Human Movement Science 20, 371–400 (2001)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Takagi, T., Akita, J., Ito, K., Ono, T., Okamoto, M.: CyARM: Intuitive space recognition by Non-Visual Modality. In: IPSJ Symposium Series, vol. 2004(5), pp. 181–182 (2004)Google Scholar
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    Akita, J., Takagi, T., Okamoto, M.: CyARM: Environment Sensing Device using Non- Visual Modality. In: CSUN2004 International Conference on Technology And Persons With Disabilities (2004)Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Makoto Okamoto
    • 1
  • Junichi Akita
    • 2
  • Kiyohide Ito
    • 1
  • Tetsuo Ono
    • 1
  • Tomohito Takagi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Media ArchitectureFuture University-HakodateHakodateJapan
  2. 2.Dept. of Information and Systems EngineeringKanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  3. 3.Human Interface & Design DevelopmentFuji Xerox Co., LtdYokohama-shi, KanagawaJapan

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