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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).
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|
|Jeffrey Chiappone||ME||Lead Engineer (Mechanical/Industrial)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|David Taubman||EE||Lead Engineer (Electrical/Computer)||email@example.com|
|Muthila (Magy) Yasin||ISE||Team Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Team Meeting Notes
|MSD I (before SLDR)||MSD I (after SLDR)||MSD II|
Table of Contents
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- RIT's Brinkman Manufacturing Lab & Staff - The team would like to thank the efforts of Mr. John Bonzo and Dr. Denis Cormier of RIT's Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab. Their quick turnaround times for the rapid-prototyping machine made numerous iterations of plastic design and manufacturing possible.
- Mr. Jackson Lamp - Computer Engineering Student, P12015 - The team thanks the efforts of Jackson for his assistance with programming the path-finding and path-following algorithms, based on his prior work on the preceding project P12015. Jackson volunteered to put in a considerable amount of time and effort to our project outside of his own coursework and responsibilities.
- Dr. Antonio Mondragon, Computer Engineering Technology Professor - The team thanks Dr. Mondragon for procuring the MSP430 development kit for testing, as well as the CodeComposer license that allowed us to write a full program for the microcontroller.
- National Science Foundation - Based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award No. BES-0527358. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.