Vicomtech-partner of GMN has designed a 3D-sound-based GPS for blind people to move in a secure and autonomous way

It is a GPS that has been especially designed thinking on blind or impaired vision people, and which can also be used by people working under low vision conditions or even in emergency situations. This system uses 3D sounds and geolocation which allow users to move around and reach their destinations safely. This is made by using 3D sounds that periodically repeat throughout the way.

This innovative system was tested recently in San Sebastian by Zuriñe de Anzola, a blind person who covered a short distance in the Gipuzkoa Technology Park.

The system is a result of a European project, directed by Vicomtech-IK4, named ARGUS, and in which centres from Germany, Austria, UK and Spain participate. Some impaired vision user associations such as ONCE and Fundación Tecnológica Social FTS took also part in the project, together with 110 blind people from the different European countries which helped validate both the system’s design and development.

Further information: http://bit.ly/1waLK3W

IST-Africa 2015 Conference

The IST-Africa 2015 Conference is hosted by the Government of Malawi through the National Commission for Science and Technology, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission. The conference will take place in Lilongwe from 05 – 08 May 2015. Part of the IST-Africa Initiative, which is supported by the European Commission under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7), IST-Africa 2015 is the tenth in an Annual Conference Series which brings together senior representatives from leading commercial, government & research organizations across Africa and from Europe, to bridge the Digital Divide by sharing knowledge, experience, lessons learnt and good practice and discussing policy related issues. The scientific programme for IST-Africa 2015 is based on an open Call for Papers.

1st Periodic Review of MOSAIC 2B

On Thursday, 29 January 2015, the MOSAIC 2B consortium will present the results of the first project year to the experts and the project officer from the European Commission. The consortium is also happy that people from the Department of Science and Technology (South Africa) are willing to participate in the meeting. The review meeting of the MOSAIC 2B project will be hosted by EPI-USE in Pretoria, South Africa.

Ready to Screen: Cinema-in-a-backpack

       

Today, the first Cinema-in-a-backpacks have been finished. The Cinema-in-a-backpack will be used by the micro-entrepreneur to run the mobile cinema business in South Africa. The Cinema-in-a-backpack consists of the following components:

  • Projector
  • Speakers
  • Tablet
  • Battery
  • Cables and Adapters
  • Backpack

The backpack provides enough space to stow all the above mentioned devices and accessories needed to run a mobile cinema. In case of power outage or missing power supply the battery will provide the energy needed.