Augmented non-visual distance sensing with the eyecane

Galit Buchs, Shachar Maidenbaum, Amir Amedi

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How can we sense distant objects without vision? Vision is the main distal sense used by humans, thus impairing distance and spatial perception for sighted individuals in the dark or for people with visual impairments. We suggest augmenting distance perception via other senses such as using auditory or haptic cues, and have created the EyeCane for this purpose. The EyeCane is a minimal Sensory Substitution Device that enables users to perform tasks such as distance estimation, and obstacle detection and avoidance up to 5m away on-visually. In the demonstration, visitors will receive a brief training with the device, and then use it to detect objects and estimate distances while blindfolded.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333498
StatePublished - 9 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2015 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 9 Mar 201511 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference6th Augmented Human International Conference, AH 2015


  • Assistive technology
  • Blind
  • Interface
  • Multimodal
  • Sensory substitution
  • Universal access


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