Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

RERC Vocational Lab

The Center's research goal is to develop and apply new scientific knowledge and practical, cost-effective devices to understand and address better the real-world problems of blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind consumers. The RERC has many ongoing R&D projects and collaborative relationships, both internal and external to Smith-Kettlewell. Primary funding for the RERC comes from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, with other important sources of support, including the National Eye Institute, and The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute.

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    Brabyn Lab

    My lab is the home for the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center funded by NIDILRR with additional support from SKERI and other agencies.

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  • Colenbrander lab

    To explore vision-related functioning as it relates to Vision Rehabilitation.

     

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  • Coughlan Lab

    The goal of our laboratory is to develop and test assistive technology for blind and visually impaired persons that is enabled by computer vision and other sensor technologies.

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  • Gilden Lab

    The Gilden Lab conducts research and other activities to acquire new information, create new, devices and develop new strategies to improve the lives of people with low vision or no vision.

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  • Good Lab

    Our laboratory studies the conditions which cause monocular or bilateral blindness in infants and children.

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  • Lott Lab

     

    Our lab is investigating the visual, motor and cognitive factors that contribute to reading ability in people with early to intermediate age-related macular degeneration.

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  • Miele Lab

    This innovative team conducts cutting-edge research into accessibility technology for blind and visually-impaired people of all ages. 

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    Simon Auditory Lab

    The goal of our laboratory is to examine the auditory abilities of people with various degrees of hearing loss with and without vision loss.

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  • Low Vision Computer Access

    Dr. Deborah Gilden wants to ensure that people who work with low vision students, clients, or patients, or have a visually impaired friend or family member, know that many features built into the Windows OS, MS Office applications, and the Internet, often can serve as tools for low vision computer access.

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    Robotic Fingerspelling Hand for Communicating with Deaf-Blind People

    A robotic fingerspelling hand would give anyone who can type the ability to communicate with deaf-blind people who know tactile fingerspelling. It also would have the potential to provide computer access to deaf-blind people who do not read Braille.

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  • Picture of artificial head, fitted with microphones, on a moving platform

    Acoustic Cues for Wayfinding

    This project aims to do a detailed analysis of the environmental acoustic cues that help some blind navigate successfully.

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  • Video-Based Speech Enhancement for Persons with Hearing and Vision Loss

    Observing the visual cues from a speaker such as the shape of the lips and facial expression can greatly improve the speech comprehension capabilities of a person with hearing loss. However, concurrent vision loss can lead to a significant loss in speech perception. We propose developing a prototype device that utilizes a video camera in addition to audio input to enhance the speech signal from a target speaker in everyday situations.

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  • Virtual aerial view of intersection area near a pedestrian's feet, reconstructed by Crosswatch algorithms

    Crosswatch

    Crosswatch is a smartphone-based system developed for providing real-time guidance to blind and visually impaired travelers at traffic intersections.

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  • BLaDE (Barcode Localization and Decoding Engine) smartphone app in action

    BLaDE

    BLaDE (Barcode Localization and Decoding Engine) is an Android smartphone app designed to enable a blind or visually impaired user find and read product barcodes.

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  • Picture shows person pointing finger to plastic model of a human heart; 3D camera mounted on tripod views model and hand; computer, connected to camera, announces "Aortic arch"

    CamIO

    CamIO (short for “Camera Input-Output”) is a system to make physical objects (such as documents, maps, devices and 3D models) accessible to blind and visually impaired persons, by providing real-ti

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    Display Reader

    The goal of the Display Reader project is to develop a computer vision system that runs on smartphones and tablets to enable blind and visually impaired persons to read appliance displays.

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  • Audio/Tactile Graphics Using LiveScribe Smartpen

    Active from 2007 to 2010, this project was the first exploration of using a digital smartpen as a platform for creating and presenting audio/tactile graphics – a system of using touch-based audio t

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  • Tactile Map Automated Production (TMAP)

    Smith-Kettlewell's Tactile Map Automated Production (TMAP) Project was initiated with the goal of developing the first web-based software tool for rapid production of highly specific, tactile street maps of any location in the USA.

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