A Wayfinding System for Visually Impaired Students in a Campus Environment

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2007

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Best, Joel D.
Connors, Ryan J.
Kerigan, Patrick A.
Widmer, Paul A.

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In this paper we present a personal campus navigation systems for visually impaired students. Using a combination of GPS and RFID technologies, we present a full solution to indoor and outdoor wayfinding. The design consists of a feedback belt and a small Linux powered computer. Our milestone included validation of our user input by simulating the hardware and software involved.

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Created in fulfillment of the course requirements for ENGG*3100 Engineering and Design III. This course combines the knowledge gained in the advanced engineering and basic science courses with the design skills taught in ENGG*1100 and ENGG*2100 in solving open-ended problems. These problems are related to the student's major. Additional design tools are presented, including model simulation, sensitivity analysis, linear programming, knowledge-based systems and computer programming. Complementing these tools are discussions on writing and public speaking techniques, codes, safety issues, environmental assessment and professional management. These topics are taught with the consideration of available resources and cost.

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navigation, GPS, RFID, Accessibility

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