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Assistive Navigation Device for Visually Impaired—A Study on Reaction Time to Tactile Modality Stimuli

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A tactile system to support severe visually-impaired or blind people in the world for their orientation and navigation had been developed. To optimize the design, some parameters of tactile display device were evaluated. In the present paper,we focused on the reaction time to tactile stimuli. In the test, the stimuli were produced through a vibration belt that was worn around the participants’ waist. In the choice reaction time task, the participants had to click corresponding arrow keys according to the location of a tactile signal. The findings of this study provided a reference of the reaction time range, so as to design a more effective and safe tactile navigation system.

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Yu, J. and Moeller, K. (2013) Assistive Navigation Device for Visually Impaired—A Study on Reaction Time to Tactile Modality Stimuli. Engineering, 5, 195-198. doi: 10.4236/eng.2013.510B041.

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