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Tuesday, 30 December 2014 10:48

Unassisted running for blind athletes

The aim of the BLINDTRACK project is to develop a guidance system for the visually impaired enabling them to run unassisted around a 400-meter athletics track  In many countries, equality of access to public services and places is required by law. The pursuit of sports activities has been shown to have positive effects on people's mental and physical health and, logically, the same is true for visually impaired athletes. With BLINDTRACK, the project consortium aims to improve access to sport for the visually impaired, and thus reflect the need for technology which is conducive to the wellbeing of the blind, and which, at the same time, mitigates their exclusion from sports and leisure activities. The proposed system helps the visually impaired be integrated into the community, increasing their confidence, improving their health, and attaining higher levels of social integration.



For people with disabilities, urban mobility is an essential aspect if their social integration is to be effective. Nonetheless, there are numerous obstacles which hinder this, including a lack of information on routes and modes of transport, and problems with parking, including fraud. The SIMON project aims to improve this situation through the integration of different applications and technologies which facilitate parking and mobility in urban areas.



La movilidad urbana de las personas con discapacidad es un aspecto esencial para que su integración social sea efectiva. Sin embargo, existen numerosos obstáculos que la dificultan, entre los que se cuentan la falta de información sobre rutas y modos de transporte y las dificultades de aparcamiento, incluyendo el fraude. El proyecto SIMON pretende mejorar esta situación mediante la integración de diferentes aplicaciones y tecnologías que faciliten el aparcamiento y la movilidad en las zonas urbanas.


The aim of the CARGO project (FP7- SME -2010-1-261894) was to create a solution which allowed individuals with reduced mobility to access small utility vehicles in a convenient, independent manner. To do so, a wheelchair was developed which could be folded to fit into the space usually occupied by a car seat, as well as a mechanism to pick up the wheelchair and the seated user and transport them to the inside of the vehicle. One of the most critical points was the study and analysis of the trajectory of the wheelchair and user's movement from outside the vehicle to inside the vehicle, and vice versa. The trajectory had to be collision free, ensure optimal displacement, and be adaptable to different platforms and users. This article presents the most salient aspects of the trajectories and collisions study.


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