A Systematic Review of Wearable Devices for Orientation and Mobility of Adults with Visual Impairment and Blindness

Aline Darc Piculo Dos Santos, Ana Harumi Grota Suzuki, Fausto Orsi Medola, Atiyeh Vaezipour
2021 IEEE Access  
Wearable devices have been developed to improve the navigation of blind and visually impaired people. With technological advancements, the use and research of wearable devices have been increasing. This systematic review aimed to explore existing literature on technologies used in wearable devices intended to provide independent and safe mobility for visually impaired people. Searches were conducted in six electronic databases (PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, Cochrane, ACM Digital Library and
more » ... iELO). Our systematic review included 61 studies. The results show that the majority of studies used audio information as a feedback interface and a combination of technologies for obstacle detectionespecially the integration of sensor-based and computer vision-based technologies. The findings also showed the importance of including visually impaired individuals during prototype usage testing and the need for including safety evaluation which is currently lacking. These results have important implications for developing wearable devices for the safe mobility of visually impaired people.
doi:10.1109/access.2021.3132887 fatcat:t3ote4iehvdlnglh3cv77bmuie