Recent revolutionary achievements in robotics and bioengineering have given scientists and engineers great opportunities and challenges to serve humanity. This seminars is about NavBelt and GuideCane, which are two computerised devices based on advanced mobile robotic navigation for obstacle avoidance useful for visually impaired people. This is Bioengineering for people with disabilities.
NavBelt is worn by the user like a belt and is equipped with an array of ultrasonic sensors. It provides acoustic signals via a set of stereo earphones that guide the user around obstacles or displace a virtual acoustic panoramic image of the travellerâ„¢s surroundings. One limitation of the NavBelt is that it is exceedingly difficult for the user to comprehend the guidance signals in time, to allow fast work.