GPS and Talking Signs for the visually impaired

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GPS and Talking Signs for the visually impaired

  1. 1. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Satellite navigation and talking signs for the visually impaired November 26th, 2010 BVVB session OB 2010, Brussels Gerrit Van den Breede
  2. 2. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Satellite navigation and talking signsSatellite navigation and talking signs • Brief introduction/overview • Satellite navigation: known as GPS • Way finding by means of orbiting satellites around the earth • Talking signs: signs with (synthetic) speech output • Guiding inside and outside buildings by means of user triggered talking signal boards or devices
  3. 3. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - usability & accessibilityGPS - usability & accessibility • Usability features, not related to blindness and low vision • Accuracy of at least 2 meter • Avoidance of a touch screen for controlling • Sufficiently large and/or tactile buttons and switches • Accessibility features, related to blindness and low vision • Speech output during user-control • Choice of larger screen fonts • Choice of different screen colours (higher contrast)
  4. 4. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS – target groupGPS – target group • Characteristics of persons using a GPS • Having basic mobility skills • Feeling for high-tech equipment • Acceptance of low accuracy (5 to 10 meter) • Typical user profile (visually impaired), additional to the above • Frequent (almost daily) need for outdoor mobility • Job demand for independent mobility (salesman, representative)
  5. 5. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS – market overviewGPS – market overview • Dedicated systems for the target group • Smartphone based: (almost) free software • Smartphone based: priced software • Systems to take in consideration
  6. 6. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - dedicated systemsGPS - dedicated systems • Trekker Breeze • Simplified version of Trekker Solo • Only for walking known routes • No route planner built in • Accuracy: about 20 meter • Adding waypoints possible • Price: € 630 - 842 • Trekker talking GPS • Production stopped ! • Based on a pda • PDA’s are leaving the market
  7. 7. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - smartphone based:GPS - smartphone based: (almost) free software(almost) free software • Loadstone GPS • Talking GPS-software for Symbian smartphones (Nokia) • No Dutch version, English only • User must provide content • Card info from OpenStreetMap • Free software • Smartphone neccesary • www.loadstone-gps.com • iPhone apps • Roadee, € 2,38 • Kapten for iPhone, € 3,99 • Sendero GPS LookAround, $ 3,70
  8. 8. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - smartphone based:GPS - smartphone based: (almost) free software(almost) free software • WalkyTalky • Talking GPS-software for Android smartphones • No Dutch version, English only • Speaks street names and directions • Free software
  9. 9. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - smartphone based: priced softwareGPS - smartphone based: priced software • Mobile GEO • Speaking GPS-software for Windows Mobile smartphones • Designed for the blind • Smartphone necessary • Price: € 500 • iPhone apps • TomTom, € 50 • Ndrive, € 15 • …
  10. 10. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS - system to take in considerationGPS - system to take in consideration • Kapten Plus • Portable speaking GPS, successor of the 1st Kapten • Voice controlled, no screen • No Dutch version, available in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian • Now with some features for blind and low vision persons • Real time voice description of what’s around, ‘where am I’ function • Talking user guide (mp3) • Mini speaker-kit • FM-radio and mp3 player • Price: t.b.a. (Kapten, € 240)
  11. 11. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS – combi with cane and guide dogGPS – combi with cane and guide dog • Combination GPS and white cane • GPS for routeplan, walking from A to B • White cane as reliable obstacle detection and recognition item • Combination GPS and guide dog • Partially overlap; GPS for new routes, guide dog for known routes, obstacle avoidance and security • Concentration required ! • Combination GPS, white cane and guide dog • Choose white cane or guide dog for obstacle detection and recognition • Three together demand to much concentration to be safe
  12. 12. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS – added valueGPS – added value • Added value of an accessible GPS configuration • Discovering / exploring known routes • Improved freedom of outdoor mobility, more independent travel • Prepare, explore and memorise routes before going outdoor • Define and recognise personal points of interest along the routes
  13. 13. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Talking signs – description & target groupTalking signs – description & target group • What • Little talking boxes with human or synthetic voice • Activated by user with remote control • Where • Indoor and outdoor • Airports, railway stations, large companies, city centres, big hotels, bancs, parks, museums, … • Who • Low vision and blind persons who travel • Persons with reading limitations
  14. 14. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Talking signs – market overviewTalking signs – market overview • Navigueo (EO-EDPS, France) => available in Belgium • Step-Hear (Step Hear, Israël) => available in Belgium • FOLLOW-VOICE (Esium, France) => available in Belgium • RIAS (Remote Infrared Audible Signage System) (Talking Signs, USA) • REACT (RNIB, UK) • PAVIP (Personal Assistant for Visually Impaired People) (Bones, CH)
  15. 15. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Talking signs – added valueTalking signs – added value • Persons with vision and reading limitations: • Are able to orientate indoor (what is where) • Can find entrance doors more easily (i.e. combination with GPS) • Are guided in the right direction by the sound of the voice • Can travel more confident and safer • …
  16. 16. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC Talking signs – implementationTalking signs – implementation • Considerations before implementing • Lack of standards between different systems • Policy is necessary • Total price difficult to give because • Need for advised planning • Installation cost • Update and maintenance cost
  17. 17. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS & Talking SignsGPS & Talking Signs Thank you for your attention Gerrit Van den Breede Hulpmiddelenconsulent visus Questions
  18. 18. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS & Talking SignsGPS & Talking Signs Gerrit Van den Breede Hulpmiddelenconsulent Visus KOC – Kenniscentrum Hulpmiddelen VAPH Sterrenkundelaan 30 1210 Brussel T: 02 225 86 91 E: gerrit.vandenbreede@vaph.be
  19. 19. KENNISCENTRUM HULPMIDDELENKOC GPS & Talking Signs - referencesGPS & Talking Signs - references • Infovisie Magazine jg. 24, nr. 3, september 2010: www.infovisie.be • Navigueo: www.eo-edps.fr (manufacturer) and www.erocos.be for Belgium • Step-Hear: www.step-hear.com (manufacturer) and www.optelec.be for Belgium • FOLLOW-VOICE: www.esium.fr (manufacturer) and www.viakan.be for Belgium • RIAS: www.talkingsigns.com • REACT: www.rnib.org • PAVIP: www.bones.ch • Sendero GPS LookAround: http://senderogroup.com/support/supportiphone.htm • WalkyTalky: www.androlib.com/android.application.com-googlecode-eyesfree- walkytalky-qqxAx.aspx • Kapten Plus: www.kapsys.com

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