Journal Article Smartphone-Based Escalator Recognition for the Visually Impaired

Nakamura, Daiki  ,  Takizawa, Hotaka  ,  Aoyagi, Mayumi  ,  Ezaki, Nobuo  ,  Mizuno, Shinji

17 ( 5 )  , p.1057 , 2017-05 , MDPI AG
It is difficult for visually impaired individuals to recognize escalators in everyday environments. If the individuals ride on escalators in the wrong direction, they will stumble on the steps. This paper proposes a novel method to assist visually impaired individuals in finding available escalators by the use of smartphone cameras. Escalators are recognized by analyzing optical flows in video frames captured by the cameras, and auditory feedback is provided to the individuals. The proposed method was implemented on an Android smartphone and applied to actual escalator scenes. The experimental results demonstrate that the proposed method is promising for helping visually impaired individuals use escalators.

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