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For The Blind, A Computer Navigation System With Its Own "Map"

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September 5, 2002
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University Of Florida
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University of Florida researchers have wedded speech recognition software, wearable computers, satellite positioning technology and other emerging technologies in a 21st-century navigational aid for the blind. Composed of a waist-worn computer and headset connected remotely to a map database server, the prototype delivers and responds to instructions verbally. It keeps track of the user's location while giving directions to a destination – and may even warn the user against veering off a sidewalk or stepping into a road.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- University of Florida researchers have wedded speech recognition software, wearable computers, satellite positioning technology and other emerging technologies in a 21st-century navigational aid for the blind. Composed of a waist-worn computer and headset connected remotely to a map database server, the prototype delivers and responds to instructions verbally. It keeps track of the user's location while giving directions to a destination – and may even warn the user against veering off a sidewalk or stepping into a road.


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