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Laser profilometer as a three-dimensional space perception system for the blind
Author(s): Roland M. Damaschini; Rene Farcy; N. Milchberg; E. Sampaio; Y. Breniere
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Paper Abstract

A telemeter hold by the hand of a blind person measures the distance to the obstacle encountered by its laser beam (1 mW at 670 nm). A microprocessor realizes a correspondence between the distance and a musical note sent to an auricular. The blind person directs the beam thanks to his proprioception. The most important information is not the absolute distance but the musical melody corresponding to the profile of the environment. Combining musical perception and proprioception the blind acquires the form of the obstacles and his position relative to them. Method of learning is in progress.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 January 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3199, Biomedical Systems and Technologies II, (1 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301113
Show Author Affiliations
Roland M. Damaschini, Univ. de Paris-Sud/Orsay (France)
Rene Farcy, Univ. de Paris-Sud/Orsay (France)
N. Milchberg, Univ. Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (France)
E. Sampaio, Univ. Louis Pasteur de Strasbourg (France)
Y. Breniere, Univ. de Paris-Sud/Orsay (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3199:
Biomedical Systems and Technologies II
Francesco Baldini; Nathan I. Croitoru; Mark Russell Dickinson; Martin Frenz; Mitsunobu Miyagi; Riccardo Pratesi; Stefan Seeger, Editor(s)

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