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Autonomous Smart White Cane Navigation System for Indoor Usage

Department of Computer Sciences and Mathematics, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi, 555 Blv Universite, Chicoutimi, QC G7H 2B1, Canada
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Technologies 2020, 8(3), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies8030037
Received: 21 May 2020 / Revised: 22 June 2020 / Accepted: 23 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Reviews and Advances in Materials Processing)
According to the statistics provided by the World Health Organization, the number of people suffering from visual impairment is approximately 1.3 billion. The number of blind and visually impaired people is expected to increase over the coming years, and it is estimated to triple by the end of 2050 which is quite alarming. Keeping the needs and problems faced by the visually impaired people in mind, we have come up with a technological solution that is a “Smart Cane device” that can help people having sight impairment to navigate with ease and to avoid the risk factors surrounding them. Currently, the three main options available for blind people are using a white cane, technological tools and guide dogs. The solution that has been proposed in this article is using various technological tools to come up with a smart solution to the problem to facilitate the users’ life. The designed system mainly aims to facilitate indoor navigation using cloud computing and Internet of things (IoT) wireless scanners. The goal of developing the Smart Cane can be achieved by integrating various hardware and software systems. The proposed solution of a Smart Cane device aims to provide smooth displacement for the visually impaired people from one place to another and to provide them with a tool that can help them to communicate with their surrounding environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart cane; indoor navigation system; cloud; styling; visually impaired; IOT smart cane; indoor navigation system; cloud; styling; visually impaired; IOT
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Messaoudi, M.D.; Menelas, B.-A.J.; Mcheick, H. Autonomous Smart White Cane Navigation System for Indoor Usage. Technologies 2020, 8, 37.

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