The assistive device Alice will consist of smartphones wirelessly connected to local or, in perspective, remote processing units. Apart from the camera, Alice will use sensors for position detection, orientation, movement and distance from obstacles. The position and distance mapping will be cross-referenced and processed in combination with the visual information, avoiding ambiguities in the semantics. Alice will use artificial intelligence to plan and anticipate, based on the fusion of sensory inputs and previous knowledge. The system will verbalise its perceptions through an intuitive audio system and a synthesised voice to translate visual into verbal in a comprehensive and user friendly manner. The user will be able to communicate with the system through a voice interface.
Main end-users are elderly blind people who will be involved in each iteration of the development of ALICE by providing suggestions and guiding the change of requirements according to their experiences. Other users of the system are relatives and carers who will set-up and share routes for navigation leading to the development of a respective community.
The objective of the project is to develop an assistive device called ALICE with navigational and cognitive abilities. The purpose of such a device is to improve the quality of life of ageing people with impaired vision by providing them better mobility and enhancing their perception of the environment.
The assistive device called Alice will navigate the user and offer a cognitive description based on a fusion of perceptions gathered from a range of sensors. For that research, developments in cognitive sciences, psychology, computer vision, artificial intelligence, robot navigation and advances in positional audio will be combined.
Expected results and impact:
The assistive device Alice will help blind and visually impaired people to:
- navigate to and from a specific point;
- search for objects and recognise people;
- issue a warning about obstacles and imminent danger and;
- reinstate the cognitive sight system by supplying missing information to help familiarise themselves with their surroundings;
This will increase social inclusion and help users manage their everyday life more independently.
|Comland d.o.o. IT Solutions Development||SME||Slovenia||www.comland.si|
|Information and Image Management Systems, S.A.||SME||Spain||http://www.ims.es/
|Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia||End-user||Slovenia||http://www.zveza-slepih.si/
|Communication for Blind and Disabled People ltd.||End-user||United Kingdom||http://www.screenreader.net/
|Granite 5 Limited||SME||United Kingdom||http://www.granite5.com/
Coordinator: Comland d.o.o. IT Solutions Development, Slovenia
Duration: 30 Months
Starting Date: 01 June 2012
Total budget: € 1.797.253
Public contribution: € 1.107.169
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