iAid: A Novel Navigation Device for the Visually Impaired

Alexander DeansMy name is Alexander Deans, and I am in Grade 10 at Academie Ste. Cecile International School, Windsor, ON. I love playing many sports, including soccer, hockey, tennis, volleyball, sailing, and skiing. I also play the acoustic guitar and piano. I enjoy working with animals, and I have a bearded dragon.

A novel navigation device for the visually impaired was developed using multimodal feedback. A joystick rotated to show direction, tilted to show distance to the destination, and alerted users to obstacles within 60 cm. 10 volunteers, 1 retinitis pigmentosa patient, and 11 other visually impaired people were tested measuring course completion time and number of collisions. The iAid was the fastest and safest device.

Winner of the Platinum Award - Best Intermediate Project at the Canada Wide Science Fair 2013

 

Canada Wide Science Fair

The Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF®) is a national event that brings together 500 top young scientists (in grades 7-12/Cégep) from across the country to compete for highly prized cash, scholarship, and science experience awards.


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