Ultrasonic Waves to Support Human Echolocation

  • Florian von Zabiensky
  • Michael KreutzerEmail author
  • Diethelm Bienhaus
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10907)


In this paper a new device and methods to get an acoustic image of the environment is proposed. It can be used as an electronic aid for people who are visual impaired or blind. The paper presents current methods on human echolocation and current research in electronic aids. It also describes the technical basics and implementation of the audible high resolution ultrasonic sonar followed by a first evaluation of the device. The paper concludes with a discussion and a comparison to classical methods on active human echolocation.


Human echo localization Audible ultrasound sonar Blind People Spatial hearing Obstacle detection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florian von Zabiensky
    • 1
  • Michael Kreutzer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Diethelm Bienhaus
    • 1
  1. 1.Technische Hochschule MittelhessenUniversity of Applied SciencesGießenGermany

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