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Guiding system for visually impaired for individual running on the track

BLINDTRACK

The aim of the BLINDTRACK project is to develop a running facility embedded to a 400m athletic track for visually impaired people to run without another person’s assistance. Equal access to services and public places is now required by law in many countries. Jogging, running is certified to have positive effects on mental and physical health conditions of people so thus visually impaired sportsmen. With BLINDTRACK the Consortium aims to raise the level of accessibility of visually impaired to sport to reflect the need for an effective assistive technology which would facilitate the well-being of visually impaired while decreasing their exclusion from sport and leisure activities. It also facilitates industry to be able to better meet anti-discrimination legislation. Thanks to the uniqueness of the product as well as its special market potential the technological SMEs (PPS, ELITAC, INFOALAP and ENESO) participating in the project estimate great market advantage by producing the proposed technology. At the same time the distributor SMEs (ADAPTOR, ENESO, INFOALAP) plan to increase their sales and broaden their product scale. The end-user OTH (BSK) owning sport facilities including running tracks are keen to offer new services to its customers. Moreover the consortium wishes to deepen their corporate social responsibility (CSR) activity with BLINDTRACK. The proposed system helps visually impaired people integrate to the community with increasing confidence, better health condition and higher tolerance level of sighted people. Although BLINDTRACK focuses on visually impaired users the system provides online available training results, to the sighted people too that enhances the market opportunities and further development for the partner SMEs.

BLINDTRACK System Demo

BLINDTRACK will be able to bring a significant change in training opportunities of visually impaired. Our aim is to increase the number of blind and partially sighted athletes with the creation of a tailored infrastructural facility that can be the first step to train without sighted helpers. The technology will be detailed later on but in a nutshell its main point is the real-time tracking that is able to give immediate information of and for the runner with the use of the accurate localisation system and the tactile belt worn by the athlete.

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement n° 605821.

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