Zoom Colloquium: Harnessing Augmented Reality to Assist People who are Blind with Orientation and Mobility
Past Event Date:
Speaker:Paul Ruvolo, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Olin College
Abstract - Smartphones have been a massive boon for people who are blind in terms of their ability to access physical environments. For instance, GPS navigation apps and ride-sharing apps have enabled people who are blind to independently, efficiently, and confidently travel, including places they have never been to before. Despite this progress, there remain situations that are difficult for blind people to navigate. In particular, navigating through unfamiliar indoor environments presents a substantial challenge.
In this talk, I will present the work that my group is doing to try to improve the accessibility of indoor environments using smartphone technology. In particular, I will discuss my group's work, both in the lab and in the field, on harnessing augmented reality technology to perform tasks such as navigation, mapping, and route recording. Lastly, I'll present some of our successes and also discuss ongoing and future work. https://www.olin.edu/faculty/profile/paul-ruvolo/
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