People in the Blind and Visually-Impaired Community have different navigational needs and need a solution that assists with navigating crowded and unfamiliar environments independently. That’s where TacTile comes in. TacTile is an app paired with a replaceable white cane tip that reads RFID-enabled pavements to provide navigational information for an independent wayfinding experience throughout corporate and educational campuses. A lot has changed since then, most notably the way we interact with our surroundings and with each other since the onset of mobile devices. TacTile updates this system for the 21st century to help the BVI guide, explore, and customize their experience while keeping it compatible with their system already in use. TacTile has three big touch-points for this space: The pavement, the tip of the cane, and the user’s mobile device. Our system works by feeding information from the tile to the cane tip with a sensor placed inside the cane. The sensor “hears” the RFID signal in the pavement and responds with a location, along with other data such as foot traffic and any warnings. Based on that data, the mobile app can provide the user with information like precise location and guidance, report how crowded an area is before they get there, and announce POI’s around the user as they navigate. Because of the target user audience and feasibility of deployment, we envision this solution being deployed on college or enterprise campuses to aid students or employees with campus way-finding.
Gold in Apps 2022, Student
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Silver in Interaction Design for Social Change 2022, Student
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Sara Williams - Research Lead
Bryce Kirksey - Prototyping Lead
Alan Toleu - Visual Design Lead
Quint Bailey - UI Design Lead
Alejandro Marqués ...
Project Lead: Taylor Rosenfeld
Prototyping Lead: Bryce Kirksey
Research Lead: Sara Williams