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|Title:||Assistive Platforms for the Visual Impaired: Bridging the Gap with the General Public|
Hugo Ricardo Fernandes
|Abstract:||The visual impaired are a specific minority group that can benefit from specific assistive systems in order to mitigate their mobility and accessibility constrains. In the last decade, our research group has been integrating and developing assistive technologies, focused in human-computer interaction, artificial vision, assisted navigation, pervasive computing, among others. Several projects and prototypes have been developed with the main objective of improving the blind’s autonomy, mobility, and quality of life. Currently the technology has reached a maturation point that allows the development of systems based on video capturing, image recognition and location referencing, which are key for providing features of artificial vision, assisted navigation and spatial perception. The miniaturization of electronics can be used to create devices such as electronic canes that equipped with sensors can provide so much more contextual information to a blind user. The adoption of these systems is dependent of an information catalogue regarding points of interest and their physical location reference. In this paper we describe the current work on assistive systems for the blind and propose a new perspective on using the base information of those systems to provide new services to the general public. By bridging the gap between the two groups, we expect to further advance the development of the current systems and contribute to their economic sustainability. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.|
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