ARCCS - Accessible Routes from Crowdsourced Cloud Services
Location: United Kingdom
Technology has evolved to the point where it is possible to combine sensor systems, with communications, data storage and machine learning algorithms in an IoT deployment to allow us automatically to characterise the environment and to measure the process of moving through it. As a consequence, it is now possible to envision a system in which information from automated data capture, coupled with subjective input and data feeds of travel advice, can be combined to provide navigation information to wheelchair users in a way that respects their specific disability.
ARCCS is a step-change in thinking in that it provides a bottom-up approach to accessibility engineering. ARCCS will build a wheelchair accessibility map for wheelchair users with data from wheelchair users. The resultant data set has the capacity to offer a number of new insights into the way in which wheelchair users interact with the environment and provide an evidence base for practice both in the transport world which is not currently available.
- Association for Spinal Injury Research, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (ASPIRE)
Dr Catherine Holloway, Dr Steve Hailes, Dr Behzad Momahed Heravi, Dr Giulia Barabareshi
The sensors are currently being used in other projects such as:
- Senzi Box: This project aims to use the ARCCS sensor to understand how children under five years old, acquire control skills when driving the Bugzi – the MERU electric wheelchair for toddlers.
- AART-BC: ARCCS other sensors will help monitor the use of assistive technology in the everyday (home) environment and outside in the urban environment, in an unobtrusive manner.
- Created out of mind: ARCCS are being used to track human movement indoors within an art exhibition space.
- Sleep disorders: ARCCS sensors will be adapted to be used to monitor human movement and sound during sleep disorders such as parasomnia with patients at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from University College London Hospital.
James Dyson Foundation Summer School 2017 –“Redesign the Wheelchair” (Monday 17th July to Friday 21st July 2017): 16 students redesigned the wheelchair using Dyson inspiration during this week-long event which saw them also debate and interact with wheelchair users from Whizz-Kidz.
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