A Segmentation-Based Stereovision Approach for Assisting Visually Impaired People

  • Hao Tang
  • Zhigang Zhu
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7383)

Abstract

An accurate 3D map, automatically generated in real-time from a camera-based stereovision system, is able to assist blind or visually impaired people to obtain correct perception and recognition of the surrounding objects and environment so that they can move safely. In this paper, a segmentation-based stereovision approach is proposed to rapidly obtain accurate 3D estimations of man-made scenes, both indoor and outdoor, with largely textureless areas and sharp depth changes. The new approach takes advantage of the fact that many man-made objects in an urban environment consist of planar surfaces. The final outcome of the system is not just an array of individual 3D points. Instead, the 3D model is built in a geometric representation of plane parameters, with geometric relations among different planar surfaces. Based on this 3D model, algorithms can be developed for traversable path planning, obstacle detection and object recognition for assisting the blind in urban navigation.

Keywords

Interest Point Plane Parameter Stereo Match Epipolar Line Impaired People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hao Tang
    • 1
  • Zhigang Zhu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceCUNY City CollegeNew YorkUSA

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