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Walking guide robot with tactile display for the blind
Author(s): Myoung-Jong Yoon; Kee-Ho Yu; Jeong-Ho Kang; Nam-Gyun Kim
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Paper Abstract

A prototype of a walking guide robot with tactile display was introduced, and the psychophysical experiment of the tactile recognition for a tactile display was carried out and analyzed. The objective of this research is the development of a walking guide robot for the blind to walk safely. The walking guide robot consists of a guide vehicle for the obstacle detection and a tactile display device for the transfer of the obstacle information. The guide vehicle, located in the front of the walking blind, detects the obstacle using ultrasonic and infrared ray sensors. The processed information makes a obstacle map and transmits safe path and emergency situation to the blind by the tactile display. The guide vehicle offers the information of position and walking direction acquired from GPS module to the walking blind by voice. The tactile display device, located in the handle which is connected with the guide vehicle by cane, offers the processed obstacle information such as position, size, moving, shape of obstacle and safe path, etc.. The psychophysical experiments for the threshold of perception and recognition ability of tactile stimulation were carried out by the estimation of the subject group. As a result, the appropriate tactile stimulus intensity and frequency to recognize tactile stimulation effectively were discussed and derived.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 March 2006
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6040, ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials, 60402A (21 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.664257
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Myoung-Jong Yoon, Chonbuk National Univ. (South Korea)
Kee-Ho Yu, Chonbuk National Univ. (South Korea)
Jeong-Ho Kang, Dajin Co. Ltd. (South Korea)
Nam-Gyun Kim, Chonbuk National Univ. (South Korea)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6040:
ICMIT 2005: Mechatronics, MEMS, and Smart Materials
Yunlong Wei; Kil To Chong; Takayuki Takahashi; Shengping Liu; Zushu Li; Zhongwei Jiang; Jin Young Choi, Editor(s)

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