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  • iVIEW - intelligente vibrotaktil induzierte erweiterte Wahrnehmung (Extended cognition by intelligent vibrotactile stimulation)
    Visually impaired or blind people have a reduced ability to perceive their environment. Additional appliances such as canes extend their access to the surrounding, but at the downside of a drastically constrained perception radius. Devices equipped with ultrasound sensors reduce collisions but do not solve the problem of protecting the upper parts of the body. Furthermore, most available assisting systems use the auditory channel for information transfer. This is not desirable for visually impaired persons as acoustics play an important role in their process of acquiring spatial orientation. The iVIEW project pursues fast 3D obstacle detection in conjunction with a priority based information reduction as used in autonomous mobile robotics to generate a virtual representation of the surrounding. This information is transferred to the cognitive system of the human via the stimulation of skin receptors. Elaborate training schemes will be established to achieve a substitute spatial perception for blind and non-impaired people. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung).
  • ZAFH-AAL – Zentrum für Angewandte Forschung an Hochschulen für Ambient Assisted Living (Collaborative Center for Applied Research on Ambient Assisted Living)
    The target of this project is the development of systems and technologies which allow elderly and disabled people to be independent and help them in sustaining social relationships with others. The project is motivated by current demographic developments, considering the need of the growing group of elderly people for an extended self-determined lifestyle in their accustomed environment. The systems and technologies created in this project will be an interdisciplinary cooperation under consideration of gerontological and socio-scientific aspects. The project is funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst).
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