A Basic Inspection of Wall-Climbing Support System for the Visually Challenged

  • Makoto Kobayashi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6180)


Wall climbing became more and more popular sports among the visually challenged in these days. They can play and enjoy it together with sighted people without any additional rules. However, severely visually impaired climbers still have a problem. That is a difficulty to know where the climbing hold after next one is in advance. A visually impaired climber champion pointed out that to know the positions of holds of two or three steps ahead is very important and that information will be useful to make a strategy. To solve that problem, a basic inspection of support method is conducted. Web camera, a pair of ultra sonic devices and a bone conduction headphone with Bluetooth technology are tested. The results of these tests and comments by climbers suggested that to make a system which support bouldering using general-purpose equipments is available for the visually challenged climbers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Makoto Kobayashi
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  1. 1.Tsukuba University of TechnologyJapan

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