GuideMe: A system for Indoor Orientation and Guidance

TitleGuideMe: A system for Indoor Orientation and Guidance
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBarri, E, Bouras, C, Gkamas, A, Katsampiris, S
Conference NameThe Seventh International Conference on Smart Portable, Wearable, Implantable and Disability - oriented Devices and Systems (SPWID 2021), May 30 - June 3, 2021, Valencia, Spain

The interest for indoor navigational systems is expanding daily, and concerns among others visually impaired people that cannot navigate safely indoors. The main goal of such systems is to localize and direct the individual that has a wearable device and provide voice commands to navigate indoor buildings. This paper's aims to present the design and the implementation of the GuideMe project. GuideMe project’s goal is the design, implementation and evaluation of a navigation system focused on people that face troubles in indoor moving, utilizing a wearable device. Specifically, the focus group is people suffering from visual impairment. The person carrying the wearable device takes guidelines about the location from indoor UltraWide Band (UWB) anchors. The commands provided are about indoor direction through voice commands, assisting him to avoid obstacles in his route. We present the architecture and the details of the various modules which consist of the proposed indoor navigation system, and finally, some initial evaluations of the proposed system yield promising results.