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RoboCart: toward robot-assisted navigation of grocery stores by the visually impaired

V. Kulyukin, C. Gharpure, J. Nicholson
2005 2005 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems  
This paper presents RoboCart, a proof-of-concept prototype of a robotic shopping assistant for the visually impaired.  ...  The purpose of RoboCart is to help visually impaired customers navigate a typical grocery store and carry purchased items. The hardware and software components of the system are presented.  ...  ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The authors would like to thank Mr. Lee Badger, the owner of Lee's MarketPlace, a grocery store in Logan, Utah, for allowing them to use his store for testing RoboCart.  ... 
doi:10.1109/iros.2005.1545107 dblp:conf/iros/KulyukinGN05 fatcat:65a45gsrfbcfdezjxotpe5xqwu

Robot-assisted shopping for the blind: issues in spatial cognition and product selection

Chaitanya P. Gharpure, Vladimir A. Kulyukin
2008 Intelligent Service Robotics  
spaces of the supermarket.  ...  We also present the design and evaluation of three product selection modalitiesbrowsing, typing and speech, which allow the blind shopper to select the desired product from a repository of thousands of  ...  Acknowledgements The second authord would like to acknowledge that this research has been supported, in part, through NSF grant (IIS-0346880), the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health  ... 
doi:10.1007/s11370-008-0020-9 fatcat:m7mvlhwf2nb6tgrfexcdwxofp4

Accessible Shopping Systems for Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals: Design Requirements and the State of the Art

Vladimir Kulyukin, Aliasgar Kutiyanawala
2010 The Open Rehabilitation Journal  
We are grateful to Serge Belongie for giving us the pictures of the MoZi box and the GroZi glove and to Vineeth Balasubramanian for the picture of the iCare framework.  ...  Initiative (CURI) in the State of Utah.  ...  The system does not meet DR2 (store navigation): the shopper is assumed to be able to navigate to the product's location independently or ask for assistance in the store.  ... 
doi:10.2174/1874943701003010158 fatcat:olgiezpdd5fh3nhbpufoixnvii

Mobile assistive technologies for the visually impaired

Lilit Hakobyan, Jo Lumsden, Dympna O'Sullivan, Hannah Bartlett
2013 Survey of ophthalmology  
We review research and innovation within the field of mobile assistive technology for the visually impaired and, in so doing, highlight the need for successful collaboration between clinical expertise,  ...  On-going advances in information technology (IT) are increasing the scope for IT-based mobile assistive technologies to facilitate the independence, safety, and improved quality of life of the visually  ...  A novel robotic system has been designed to assist the visually impaired with navigation, obstacle detection, and space perception 41 .  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.survophthal.2012.10.004 pmid:24054999 fatcat:ztgeb26tivhunhnoqubjhrw6ku

User-Centered Design and Evaluation of a Mobile Shopping Robot

Nicola Doering, Sandra Poeschl, Horst-Michael Gross, Andreas Bley, Christian Martin, Hans-Joachim Boehme
2014 International Journal of Social Robotics  
This paper describes the user-centered design and evaluation process of a humanoid mobile shopping robot named TOOMAS that assists customers of home improvement stores.  ...  Still, at the current state of technology shopping with robot assistance was slightly slower and therefore less efficient.  ...  The authors thank toom Baumarkt GmbH for their support with conducting the field trials and their institutional support with the SERROKON project.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s12369-014-0257-8 fatcat:z44medtwy5bullvwllr4rlpmqu

Monitoring activity of taking medicine by incorporating RFID and video analysis

Faiz M. Hasanuzzaman, Xiaodong Yang, YingLi Tian, Qingshan Liu, Elizabeth Capezuti
2013 Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics  
A video camera is installed to continue monitoring the activity of taking medicine by integrating face detection and tracking, mouth detection, background subtraction, and activity detection.  ...  The description of the medicine data for each tag is manually input to a database.  ...  Acknowledgement This work was supported in part by NIH 1R21EY020990, NSF grant IIS-0957016, the REU program at DHS CCICADA of Rutgers University, and DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving  ... 
doi:10.1007/s13721-013-0025-y pmid:23914344 pmcid:PMC3728181 dblp:journals/netmahib/HasanuzzamanYTLC13 fatcat:yjwyxx7xs5d47fipkoecdhqcay

Robots serve humans in public places—KeJia robot as a shopping assistant

Yingfeng Chen, Feng Wu, Wei Shuai, Xiaoping Chen
2017 International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems  
To develop the robot system, new techniques and improvements of existing methods for mapping, localization, and navigation are proposed to address the challenge of robot motion in a very large, complex  ...  The results of both simulated experiments and field tests confirm the feasibility, stability, and safety of the robot system.  ...  RoboCart 13 was designed to help visual impaired people navigate in grocery stores and carry purchased items (Figure 1(c) ).  ... 
doi:10.1177/1729881417703569 fatcat:qpnm3xmehjcdrhodyvocs6slbq

Generation and Analysis of Verbal Route Directions for Blind Navigation

John Nicholson
The first hypothesis is that a navigational assistance system for the blind can leverage the skills and abilities of the visually impaired, and does not necessarily need complex sensors embedded in the  ...  People with visual impairments are capable of following natural language instructions similar to those given by a visually impaired person communicating route directions over the phone to another person  ...  RoboCart RoboCart [36, 37] (see Figure 3 .1) was a robotic shopping assistant for the visually impaired.  ... 
doi:10.26076/29b6-734c fatcat:t6ciihjdn5fnzf27gwrkb7qyqq

Digital Labeling and Narrative Mapping in Mobile Remote Audio Signage: Verbalization of Routes and Generation of New Verbal Route Descriptions from Existing Route Sets

Tharun Tej Tammineni
In this project, we have designed and implemented an assisted navigation solution based on the ability of visually impaired travelers to interpret and contextualize verbal route descriptions.  ...  Independent navigation is a great challenge for people with visual impairments.  ...  Some of the research has aimed in solving these issues. RoboCart RoboCart is a shopping cart with a robotic base (Brooks & Montanez, 2006) .  ... 
doi:10.26076/3c83-1074 fatcat:swj6duagfng6parwhg7wf27ltu

Voice assistant for visually impaired [article]

Panagiotis Kyritsis, University Of Thessaly, Konstantinos Kokkinos
With this solution, a visually impaired person can have  ...  This thesis approaches the blind people navigation problem in indoor environments from a different view and proposes a system which exploits the technical characteristics of cheap and common devices.  ...  After these changes, the researchers tested their results by asking from a visually impaired person to: a) find RoboCart in the cart area, b) use the keypad to select three grocery items, c) navigate to  ... 
doi:10.26253/heal.uth.8883 fatcat:64obdj2ekraqnmps3hpigh7344