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Handy Smart Stick: A Guide for Visually Impaired People
M. Gupta, A. Laddha, M. Chouhan, Y. Mishra,
Published in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages: 1588 - 1595
It's a perpetual human quest and a constant effort of science to develop and design equipment and aids to help physically challenged people live their lives independently and confidently. Blindness and visual impairment are prevalent disabilities that inhibit the independence of the patient and increase the reliance on family members, friends, and guide dogs for navigation and other daily duties. The proposed work outlines a reliable, low-cost, and power-efficient solution that enables safe and secure navigation for visually impaired people. Many researchers have worked on and proposed solutions to the typical problems, but those works have some shortcomings that are addressed in this study. Existing technologies have not focused on optimizing power consumption and reliability, thereby reducing the life of the system. It is vital to reduce power consumption in order to extend the operating lifetime of devices that use batteries as a power source. A methodology has been put forward to address the crucial concern of a gadget that is left on for an extended period of time without being switched off to improve the overall performance of the system. The IoT is entrusted with taking into account heterogeneous equipment that might be severely constrained by its nature and pose problems in the hardware layer of the system. So methods to make the system reliable, accurate, and resistant to failures are inscribed in this study. Additionally, existing systems aren't economical compared to the offered features, lack automation, and lack audio feedback, particularly notifying obstacles. This study proposes audio feedback in multiple languages and automates the command execution, thereby making it effortless for impaired people to engage with the product. Also, the present state of technology faces challenges in locating the misplaced stick, which means the person has to be dependent on loved ones, friends, or caretakers to find the stick. The proposed automated and handy Smart Stick for the blind using IOT (Internet of Things) is a potent Electronic Travel Aid (ETA) that gives artificial perceptivity of vision and discerns environmental hurdles and obstacles. © 2023 IEEE.
About the journal
JournalProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Communication and Electronics Systems, ICCES 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.