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Using the BrainPort for Independent Travel and Obstacle Avoidance

Kaiser, Justin (2014) Using the BrainPort for Independent Travel and Obstacle Avoidance. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Individuals with visual impairments often have difficulty acquiring environmental and spatial information critical for independent travel. Orientation and mobility (O&M) is the body of knowledge and skills used by individuals with visual impairments for safe and independent travel. To aid this independence, there are a variety of mobility tools and devices to assist individuals traveling in various environments. A review of the relevant literature indicates that individuals may improve both spatial-perception and mobility through the sensory information provided by auditory and haptic sensory substitution systems. These systems provide useful sensory information about the environment and spatial relationships. The research remains limited and the versatility of these sensory substitution systems for real-world applications is still in question. The purpose of this study was to examine the capabilities of the BrainPort sensory substitution system to assist individuals with visual impairments to travel independently and avoid obstacles in a novel outdoor naturalistic environment.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kaiser, Justinjtk33@pitt.eduJTK33
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairZimmerman, Georgegjz@pitt.eduGJZ
Committee MemberNau,
Committee MemberKostewicz, Dougdekost@pitt.eduDEKOST
Committee MemberLemons,
Date: 22 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 28 March 2014
Approval Date: 22 May 2014
Submission Date: 4 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 171
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: BrainPort, sensory substitution, blindness, visual impairment, orientation and mobility, technology
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 15:18
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:18


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