Big Development in Assistive Technologies for Visual Impairment Market: Researchers Created a Technology that would Help Visually Impaired People Navigate Complex Situations

Posted On April 16, 2022     

Till today, there has been very little development in navigation technology that could help the blind. The lack of effort in this sector makes the visually impaired unable to accomplish daily tasks which they otherwise could help. Thus, making them needlessly rely on assistants and family members. Everyone from the blind to the cognitively handicapped to the elderly will benefit from image-based wearable navigation aids. It will aid safe navigating in congested, intricate, and frequently dangerous outside surroundings as well as new indoor environments. 

Keeping these things in mind, a new project could help redefine accessibility. It has the potential to allow millions of people to broaden their horizons and interact more effectively with the rest of the world.

A newly developed technology could help boost Assistive Technologies for the Visual Impairment Market. It enables visually challenged individuals and autonomous vehicles (AVs) alike to negotiate more complex urban environments. In addition to forward-facing footage, this dataset includes side-view photos of sidewalks and businesses. Thus, facilitating researchers to test more applications than possible with standard mono-perspective sources. People with poor eyesight, for example, who navigate in 360 degrees across busy city sidewalks can benefit from side views. The information could also aid in the development of delivery robotics, which must move forward, backward, and side to side to reach homes and businesses.

Over the course of a year, researchers gathered a dataset of over 200,000 outdoor pictures. The dataset will be used to test a variety of visual location recognition (VPR) algorithms that can increase the accuracy of personal and automobile navigation applications while also promoting user independence.

This is the first study to look at some of the most difficult problems in visual location recognition in a systematic way. It is crucial for diagnosing and solving urgent visual place identification problems. The team is the first to make such data freely available for educational and research reasons.

Large datasets like this can provide crucial variety and diversity to train data-driven systems and accelerate machine learning at scale.

It's encouraging to see our data, which is at the heart of our commercial mapping products, being utilized to assist researchers all over the world in developing solutions that will make mobility more equitable and accessible.

This dataset has numerous unique aspects in addition to delivering data from multiple perspectives.

Researchers can improve VPR by capturing long-term changes in the same metropolitan region over the course of a year, such as snow and dense vegetation.

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