At a glance
One of today’s key social issues is inclusion of disabled people, a concept that has been put into practice to some degree in kindergartens and schools. In keeping with this is the fact that public interest in the Paralympic Games has been greatly increasing.
Against this backdrop, there is a demand for technical aids that enable visually impaired runners to train for, and participate in, sports events without experiencing any barriers.
This is where the Blindtrack system comes in. It will help blind or partially sighted people become more flexible and independent in going about their leisure and health-related activities. In this way, it will contribute to their quality of life.
In this context, the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS is developing a tracking and positioning system that will use a belt worn by the visually impaired runner to provide tactile and acoustic warning signals and directions whenever the athlete is about to leave a previously defined lane.