HaptiSole: Wearable Haptic System in Vibrotactile Guidance Shoes for Visually Impaired Wayfinding: Wearable Haptic System in Vibrotactile Guidance Shoes for Visually Impaired Wayfinding

Slim Kammoun, Rahma Bouaziz, Faisal Saeed (Corresponding / Lead Author), Rahma Bouaziz (Corresponding / Lead Author), Sultan Noman Qasem, Tawfik Al-Hadhrami

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    Abstract

    During the last decade, several Electronic Orientation Aids devices have been proposed to solve the autonomy problems of visually impaired people. When hearing is considered the primary sense for Visually Impaired people (VI) and it is generally loaded with the environment, the use of tactile sense can be considered a solution to transmit directional information. This paper presents a new wearable haptic system based on four motors implemented in shoes, while six directions can be played. This study aims to introduce an interface design and investigate an appropriate means of spatial information delivery through haptic sense. The first experiment of the proposed system was performed with 15 users in an indoor environment. The results showed that the users were able to recognize, with high accuracy, the directions displayed on their feet. The second experiment was conducted in an outdoor environment with five blindfolded users who were guided along 120 meters. The users, guided only by the haptic system, successfully reached their destinations. The potential of tactile-foot stimulation to help VI understand Electronic Orientation Aids (EOA) instructions was discussed, and future challenges were defined.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3064-3082
    Number of pages19
    JournalKSII Transactions on Internet and Information Systems
    Volume17
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 30 Nov 2023

    Funding

    This paper is funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University through Research Partnership Program no RP-21-07-09. The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) for funding and supporting this work through Research Partnership Program no RP-21-07-09.

    FundersFunder number
    Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University
    Deanship of Scientific Research, Imam Mohammed Ibn Saud Islamic UniversityRP-21-07-09

      Keywords

      • electronic orientation aids
      • geographic information system
      • shoes mounted devices
      • somatosensory interaction
      • visually impaired
      • wearable haptic interface

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