The rapid development of both GPS navigation devices and mobile devices has opened up an opportunity for the development of intelligent wayfinding systems for people who need assistance due to blindness or cognitive disabilities. These systems can tell the user’s real-time location, give directions to a destination, and assist with public transportation.
Discussion by Disabilities
- Mobile GPS navigation devices with audio interfaces can help people who are blind identify their location and safely navigate to a destination.
- Mobile navigation devices can assist people with cognitive disabilities in living independently by giving directions to a destination, giving advice on how to navigate public transportation, and connecting to real-time assistance from caregivers.
These products are not necessarily endorsed by RtF, but represent the range of available options.
Related Research and Papers
- Wireless mobile technologies to support people with cognitive disabilities on public transportation – Dr. Alexander Repenning, Dr. James Sullivan.
- Mobile Architectures and Prototypes to Assist Persons with Cognitive Disabilities using Public Transportation – James F. Sullivan, Jr. and Gerhard Fischer
- Indoor Wayfinding: Developing a Functional Interface for Individuals with Cognitive Impairments – Alan L. Liu, Harlan Hile, Henry Kautz, Gaetano Borriello, Pat A. Brown, Mark Harniss, Kurt Johnson (2006)
- An Experimental Investigation into Wayfinding Directions for Visually Impaired People – Nicholas A. Bradley and Mark D. Dunlop (2005)
- A context aware handheld wayfinding system for individuals with cognitive impairments – Yao-Jen Chang, Shih-Kai Tsai, Tsen-Yung Wang (2008)
- Algorithms for Reliable Navigation and Wayfinding – Shazia Haque, Lars Kulik and Alexander Klippel (2008)
- Accessible Wayfinding Project
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