Project: Image Guided Orientation and Navigation System for Blind and Visually Impaired People

Acronym IMAGO (Reference Number: aal-2011-4-157)
Duration 01/09/2012 - 01/01/2016
Project Topic In Europe 0.9 Million people are blind and 12 Million are visually impaired. Global the numbers are over 160 million. Over 60% of the blind and visual impaired in Europe are now 60 years of age or older. The WHO expects further growth of 30-50% within next 10-15 years related to aging and diabetes. Despite all new technologies mobility for visually impaired still relies on remembering routes and using a long cane. Travelling outside a limited comfort zone requires help from others. Unnecessary economic and civil isolation is a consequence. High accuracy mobility is a clear unmet need. Today satellite receivers have the size of a coin. However high accuracy positioning is still lacking due to quality and availability of satellite signals. The future of satellite navigation offers no solution in for the next decades. The IMAGO project will deliver a new positioning method. Based on 2D movie processing a new positioning method will fill the satellite gap for pedestrian navigation. This method will be based on video processing, comparing pre-walked and geo-tagged route movie frames to the current recorded scene. An image-based positioning and navigation system will be implemented at the functional prototype level and validated with users. The IMAGO consortium connects partners with specific technological and application domain knowledge. Users from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium will be involved in the IMAGO project. Users will validate the systems during the various stages of development. The consortium has a strong knowledge and expertise potential by including partners like I-Cane Social Technology, Mediafiler, RWTH Aachen and Applied Biomedical Systems. Results of the IMAGO project will be implemented in the new I-Cane systems which will deliver independent mobility (in- and outdoor) for visually impaired. The IMAGO insights will also be transferred and applied in other assistive technology for the growing aging population.
Network AAL
Call Call 4 – Mobility

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Applied Biomedical Systems BV The Netherlands
Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde Vlaanderen Belgium
I-Cane social technology bv The Netherlands
LVR Louis-Braille School for blind and visually impaired people Germany
mediafiler bv The Netherlands
Nederlandse Vereniging van Blinden en Slechtzienden (afd. Noord en midden Limburg) The Netherlands
RWTH Aachen University, Departement of medical informatics Germany