Design of a Haptic Direction Indicator for Visually Impaired People in Emergency Situations

  • Tomohiro Amemiya
  • Hisashi Sugiyama
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5105)


Some emergency situations, such as fires or earthquakes, require that evacuation to a safe area, often through an emergency exit. This is especially difficult for people with visual disability. Here, we propose a new device, a haptic direction indicator, which will help blind pedestrians intuitively and safely escape from dangerous area by means of haptic navigation.


ungrounded force perception kinesthetic illusion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomohiro Amemiya
    • 1
  • Hisashi Sugiyama
    • 2
  1. 1.NTT Communication Science Laboratories, NTT Corporation Kanagawa Pref.Japan
  2. 2.Kyoto City Fire Department City of Kyoto 

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