The blind and visually-impaired encounter serious problems in leading an independent life due to their reduced perception of the environment. New environments pose a huge challenge for them to perceive their surroundings without seeking help from others. Current training programs for blind and visually-impaired people in University settings require them to memorize a large amount of information for numerous buildings, leading to an increase in frustration on their part.
The PERCEPT system will enhance the perception of indoor and unfamiliar environments of the blind and visually-impaired, as well as to aid in their navigation through such environments.
PERCEPT is a Vision Free Indoor Wayfinding Smartphone Application for the blind and visually impaired. PERCEPT works in three simple steps.
Scan the PERCEPT Tag within the environment. PERCEPT will determine and inform you of your current location.
Select the destination on the screen. PERCEPT will automically generate the wayfinding route from where you are located to where you would like to go.
Follow the wayfinding instructions until you reach the destination. At any time you may scan a nearby PERCEPT tag for updated wayfinding instructions.