Engineers adapt robot navigation system to give the blind real-time mapping

A group of French researchers is developing a navigational aid for the blind using technology that was originally created to help robots find their way around. The system -- which is being developed at the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics in Paris and was recently demonstrated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- consists of two cameras mounted on a pair of glasses and generates up to 10 environmental maps per second. These maps are transmitted via a Braille reader to the user and are updated often enough that a user can navigate a location at walking speed.

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Robot sensing and smartphones help blind navigate - New Scientist

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