Mobile voice navigation system that helps people with disabilities more easily navigate the world around them.
Leverages the IBM-Carnegie Mellon University cognitive mobile app, NavCog, designed to provide a contextual understanding of someone’s location inside a building and then direct them with an accessible route to their destination.
The indoor/outdoor voice navigation system:
Guides users with turn-by-turn directions and accessible route guidance
Leverages beacons instrumented inside a building to help recognize a user’s location
Personalizes the way in which the directions are delivered, such as audibly or via haptic cues
Can be used in many different locations, such as airports, hospitals, office buildings, and shopping malls
IBM Research, in conjunction with Shimizu Corporation and Mitsui Fudosan implemented the solution in an underground pedestrian walkway and shopping center of Nihonbashi-Muromachi, a popular downtown district in Tokyo, Japan.