FLIPPS for the Blind: An Object Detector for Medium Distances Using Concerted Fingertip Stimulation

Hans-Heinrich Bothe, Sermed Al-Hamdani

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Abstract

The idea of FLIPPS is to design, implement, and evaluate a vibro-tactile device that is composed of a photo diode, vibro-tactile stimulator, microcontroller and power supply. The stimulator is attached to the finger tip and activated when light illumination exceeds a defined threshold. The subject (blind person) receives the reflected light from the objects and, based on brain plasticity principles, can interactively learn to construct a mental image of the objects and of the scenery. The FLIPPS idea is based on sensory substitution theory; here, substituting visual inputs by haptic vibrations.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume6180
Pages (from-to)275-281
ISSN0302-9743
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Event12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 14 Jul 201016 Jul 2010
Conference number: 12
http://www.icchp.org/node/293

Conference

Conference12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
Number12
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period14/07/201016/07/2010
Internet address

Keywords

  • Visually impaired
  • Vibro-tactile stimulation
  • Scene analysis
  • Sensory substitution
  • Sound source localization
  • Haptic stimulation

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