The Privateye 3.0 project is executed in collaboration with the ATRC (Adaptive Technology Research Centre), SIRI (Synthetic Imaging Research Inc), and OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University. The entire team had made complete use of the GPS technology in a technical way to serve the visually impaired. Their main aim was to devise a GPS headset, which the blind can easily navigate using the advanced satellite-based technology.
Currently, the visually impaired are using their smart phone with a connected earpiece for navigations. It is well known that the current system (mobile phone and earpiece) is extremely dangerous while navigating and typing on the smart phone along with their white long cane or guide dogs. Moreover, it stays very uncomfortable for the user, as they have to rely completely on the hearing aid to find their way. In the current mobile phone system, the user has to make sure that he does not hold back his ear canals with a machine.
The Privateye 3.0 headset is wearable equipment that helps the user in a comfortable way. This equipment transmits the GPS direction as per the user’s travel preferences. The other contents that include the Privateye 3.0 headset are microphone that helps the user to accept the sound, a docking station to support the Bluetooth earpiece, speakers that help in broadcasting sound to the ears, circuit board, and battery. It is convenient and safe, which the team is designing to aid the visually impaired in an easy way.
The Privateye 3.0 headset is devised in partnership with Steward Shum, Tyco Tat, Adam Brown, and Shelli Wild.