P18047: Virtual Cane
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A Virtual Cane is a hands-free device that assists individuals with low vision to navigate through a familiar environment to reach a specified location. The device allows users to gain independence by giving them a better sense of their surroundings. The device addresses both Localization, and Orientation; These are 2 of the main issues blind/low vision individuals. Currently, Visually Impaired People (VIP) use regular white canes to avoid obstacles that might be in their way.

The goal of this project is to design a device that provides the user with appropriate feedback, is comfortable to use, and works for individuals with low cognitive ability. The expected end result is a proof-of-concept prototype that functions in a constrained environment, and a technical paper that discusses the technology and design attributes of the device. The resulting prototype needs to be safe for use, must not inhibit the user from pursuing desired activities, and must test to the ABVI limit.

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Final prototype:

Prototype (II)

Prototype (II)

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Project Name
Smart Cane
Project Number
P18047
Project Family
Access Technology
Start Term
Fall 2017-18
End Term
Spring, 2017-18
Faculty Guide
David Durfee, dwdddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer & Sponsor
Dr. Clark Hochgraf, cghiee@rit.edu

Team Members

From left to right: Josh Drezner, Deepti Chintalapudi, Eronmonsele Omiyi (EJ), Suhail Prasathong, Stuart Burtner, and AbdulAziz Alorifi

From left to right: Josh Drezner, Deepti Chintalapudi, Eronmonsele Omiyi (EJ), Suhail Prasathong, Stuart Burtner, and AbdulAziz Alorifi

Name Major Role Contact
Deepti Chintalapudi ISE Project Manager dvc6905@rit.edu
Suhail Prasathong CE Team Lead sxp9646@rit.edu
Stuart Burtner CE Engineer stb3444@rit.edu
Josh Drezner EE Purchasing jad7155@rit.edu
AbdulAziz Alorifi CE Team Facilitator axa8626@rit.edu
Eronmonsele Omiyi (EJ) EE Engineer emo5925@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Acknowledgements