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Project ID: 308
Author: Rockwell Martin
Project Title: Guiding the Blind with Bluetooth and JAVA
Semester: Spring 2008
Committe Chair: Dr. Mario Garcia
Committee Member 1: Dr. David R. Thomas
Committee Member 2: Dr. Dulal Kar
Project Description: With the advancement in technology, life is becoming increasingly easier for the physically challenged individuals. Technology is being used to help, the cripple to walk, the deaf to hear and the mute to speak in some way. Research is already in progress, to assist and help blind people “read” off of a label in a super market. It is a giant leap, when with the help of technology; blind people are directed to find the way to their destination. The Bluetooth technology is getting very more popular and accessible. This project uses Bluetooth technology along with combination of cellular phone technology to “direct” a blind person to their destination. A blind person possessing this Bluetooth enabled cell phone is helped to walk around campus. When he approaches key locations, where there are Bluetooth enabled device installed. This installed device starts to recognize this cell phone held by blind person, as he comes in within radius of ~10 meters of the installation point. The device then starts to communicate with the cell phone. Also it lets him/her know where is he/she is currently positioned, as well as, to which building is coming up ahead. Since Bluetooth network systems always remains actively on, all this help is accomplished without any interaction of the blind person.
Project URL:   308.pdf