ARnav - Augmented Reality navigation
Mobile Technologies for social inclusion
LATAM, EU, Other countries
People with visual impairment have special needs when travelling and on daily basis as well. There are no apps that helps disabled people locating nearby Points of Interest (like ATMs, restaurants, etc.) easily! Present navigation software is designed mainly for drivers - they display route on the flat map and additionally offer spoken commands about turns and directions (eg. GoogleMaps) but only when you move quickly. And still - it is not sufficient for visually impaired people - they need more intuitive way of showing the route and directions. Therefore we designed app that uses location-based Augmented Reality technology combined with vibration feature to indicate the right directions to chosen Points of Interest.
Our existing app (ARnav) shows navigation and directions to nearby Points of Interest the most intuitive way : it uses GPS and compass to produce effect called location-based Augmented Reality (AR) that works like a point of a finger. No more confusion when looking on the flat map - simply point the camera of the mobile device to the horizon and the directions are overlayed as virtual arrows ontop of the camera screen! Demo of our software is shown on the videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHA_2gbKQ68 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbnR7Btkd-Q This AR engine initially was designed for regular user (the directions are displayed on the screen) but our goal in M-Inclusion competition is to extend our existing solution for visually impaired people! Our idea is simple - We want to build an app that instead of arrows displayed ontop of the camera, it will show right direction as a vibration sequence. That way, the visually impaired person will simply : 1) Start the app, 2) Give voice command to find chosen Point of Interest nearby 3) Finally - the user will turn around and the device will indicate the right direction with vibration sequence - the higher vibrations frequency, the more accurate direction. The existing app is already submitted to the M-Inclusion Marketplace: http://www.m-inclusion.eu/applications/arnav-augmented-reality-navigation
-to implement voice command recognition -to implement algorithm for vibration sequence. The frequence of vibrations should depend on the direction the device is pointed at. -to prepare different language versions. -to design webpage for the project -to find partners that will help in promotion and expansion of the project
The outcome of our project will be global deployment of fully working app that will revolutionize the way visually impaired people find Points of Interest around them and get navigation guidance! The app will react on voice commands and will indicate the right direction with vibration sequence - the more frequent vibrations, the more accurate direction.
Newly created app will extremely help visually impaired people in their everyday life - when travelling, shopping, etc. Additionally, our multi-language app will be available in GooglePlay globally, therefore disabled people around the whole world will be able find Points of Interest and navigate the same easy way as regular people do.
Our workplan is shown below, all tasks can be conducted concurrently: 1) implementation of voice command recognition (3 months) 2) implementation of algorithm for vibration sequence. (3 months) 3) preparation of different language versions. (2 months) 4) design of webpage for the project (2 months) 5) finding partners that will help in promotion and expansion of the project (4 months)
personnel category: • contract for implementation of voice command recognition = 3000 EUR • contract for implementation of algorithm for vibration sequence = 2000 EUR • contract for preparation of different language versions. = 200 EUR • contract for design of webpage for the project = 1200 EUR travel category - finding partners that will help in testing, promotion and expansion of the project = 1100 EUR promotion category - online advertisements (eg. Google AdWords) = 300 EUR
We want to actively collaborate with any organization worldwide that helps disabled people, in particular that helps people with visual impairment. That could be hospitals, government agencies, NGOs, foundations etc. That will allow us to properly test our app and make it easy to use and intuitive for visually impaired people.
If you are interested in this Idea we can put you in contact with the promoter. Just ask for information at firstname.lastname@example.org