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Visually impaired or blind (VI/B) individuals can have difficulty navigating through unfamiliar areas. Room numbers and locations are often indicated in Braille, but less than 10% of legally blind people in the US can read Braille. In order to address this problem, we are creating a navigation aid for blind people walking in an unfamiliar building. RIT is home to a number of students with visual impairments, and many of these students are also deaf or hard of hearing. In order to meet the needs of the local population of potential end users of this device, this navigation will need to be done in a way that does not rely on auditory cues, and it will need to allow the user to continue to use a cane or guide dog.

Senior Design teams from previous years have made prototypes of this device, which helped to nail down the physical and algorithm characteristics and possibilities for implementation. However, this year's goal is to create an integrated package that contains both the navigation and the input/feedback mechanism, something that hasn't been previously realized. The device is required to navigate a person from any point on the 2nd floor of the Gleason Building (09) to any other point on that floor. The navigation system is required to use a series of RFID tags that indicate landmarks in the target area. Dijkstra's routing algorithm will determine the best path from a known starting point (based on local RFID tag identification) to a known end point (entered by the user).

Project Name
Navigation Aid for the Blind -- floor in building (Spring finish)
Project Number
P12016
Start Term
2011-1
End Term
2011-3
Faculty Guide
Dr. Beth DeBartolo, eademe@rit.edu
Other Faculty Support
Dr. Vince Amuso, vjaeee@rit.edu
Prof. John Kaemmerlen, jxkpdm@rit.edu
Prof. Adriana Becker-Gomez, axbeec@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
National Science Foundation

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Team Members

L to R: Magy (ISE), Jeff (ME), Dave (EE), Stu (ME), Curt (EE), Oliver (CE). Not present: Aalyia (EE)

L to R: Magy (ISE), Jeff (ME), Dave (EE), Stu (ME), Curt (EE), Oliver (CE). Not present: Aalyia (EE)

Member Major / Project Role Team Role E-mail
Curtis Beard EE cab6950@rit.edu
Stuart Burgess ME sjb4791@rit.edu
Jeffrey Chiappone ME Lead Engineer (Mechanical/Industrial) jpc0105@rit.edu
Aalyia Shaukat EE axs8467@rit.edu
David Taubman EE Lead Engineer (Electrical/Computer) dst5780@rit.edu
Oliver Wing CE cow4186@rit.edu
Muthila (Magy) Yasin ISE Team Manager mmy8744@rit.edu

Team Meeting Notes

MSD I (before SLDR) MSD I (after SLDR) MSD II

2011-09-09

2011-09-16

2011-09-23

2011-09-28

2011-09-30

2011-10-14

2011-10-25

Outstanding Items from DDR

March

April

May

Table of Contents

Directories

Concept Generation & Selection

System-Level Design (Overview)

Detailed Design (Overview)

Final Product (Overview)

(Current Software)

MSD I MSD II

Code of Ethics

Photo Gallery

Planning & Execution

Schedule

Project Risk Management

Testing

System-Level Design

Detailed Design

Project Review

Schedule

Photo Gallery

CAD Files

Planning & Execution

Build, Test, Document

Project Review

Final Poster

Final Presentation

Technical Paper

Acknowledgements