Rector et al. recent Microsoft AI for Accessibility grantees

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 10:52am

"Researchers at the University of Iowa are developing an intelligent application for people who are blind or with low vision to independently walk or jog around a 400-meter track. The app can determine if someone is veering from their lane, and delivers real-time feedback to help them stay on track."

According to program details "AI for Accessibility is a new program aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capability for the more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. We’ll do this with grants, investments of technology and expertise. Also, these applications are incorporated into platform level services, working with our partners to bring innovations to market."

Rector's grant follows a paper presented at ASSETS 2018 where researchers explored the benefits and drawbacks to aural and haptic feedback while walking around a jogging track.

 

More at "UI professor develops app to help the visually impaired with help from Microsoft" (Daily Iowan)