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Auburn researchers constructing mobility system to navigate the blind

AUBURN UNIVERISTY – David Bevly, the Albert Smith Jr. Professor in Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, is leading a team of Auburn researchers to build a prototype Extended Mobility System that will help navigate the visually impaired to their desired locations.

The team is investigating the use of cameras, inertial sensors and communications devices to track the movements of the visually impaired wearers. GPS data, as well as wireless information available from future Department of Transportation wireless communication devices, will be integrated into the device to guide users to their destinations. The system will include technology developed for soldiers and unmanned vehicles by Draper Laboratory, a not-for-profit engineering research and development organization dedicated to solving national challenges.

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