Budd-e Blind-assistive Autonomous Drive Device

BUDD-e

Blind-assistive Autonomous Droid Device

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What the Budd-e project consists of

Project

Goals

The goal of the project is to make public spaces and services accessible, functional, and usable by blind and visually impaired (BVI) persons. This goal will be pursued by blending ICT, Robotics, and Architectural Design. We will

  • design and realize a first prototype of the innovative autonomous robotic guide BUDD-e for blind and visually impaired (BVI) persons, to be deployed in structured spaces;
  • design accessible and inclusive public places and indoor environments where BUDD-e can take the role of a guide for BVI persons and permit the fruition of the offered services.

Areas of intervention:

  • healthcare and well-being: wayfinding in healthcare facilities and training in sport centers.
  • navigation in shopping centers and cultural centers/museums

Experimental tests will be conducted in the areas of healthcare facilities and training in sport centers.

Motivation

COVID-19 pandemics and related politics have strongly impacted on people’s life and, even more dramatically, that of vulnerable groups, e.g., people with visual impairment. The possibility to cultivate healthy relationships, take part to social events and activities, and to frequent public spaces has been restricted. Even everyday activities (e.g., use public services, shopping, practice sports) have been severely limited in the past 18 months.

According to the World Health Organization, BVI persons have particularly suffered from the COVID19 emergency and are still dramatically affected by the containment measures, being also particularly prone to the contagion risk. This is due to the fact that BVI need tactile contact with the environment and a guide for moving and orienteering.

People with visual impairment are 4% of the planet population (about 253 Millions). In Italy, they are just under 2 Millions among which 219,174 are absolutely blind (0.3% of the population), while 1,383,922 (2.3%) have a visual residue. Between 2010 and 2030 an increase of people with visual disabilities is expected by about 25% due to the population aging.

This large vulnerable group of persons has compelling and urgent needs to recover from the emergency social situation derived from the COVID-19 pandemics and to mitigate for the inequalities which have been exacerbated by it. This can be fostered by assistive technologies and inclusive environments.

Budd-e project objectives

OBJECTIVES

Budd-e project team

TEAM

Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle costruzioni e ambiente costruito

A. Rebecchi

Dipartimento di Architettura, Ingegneria delle costruzioni e ambiente costruito

Dipartimento di Design

P. Perego​

Dipartimento di Design

Referente scientifico. Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria.

M. Farina

Scientific coordinator

Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

Project manager. Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

E. Lettieri

Project manager

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale

Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

L. Bascetta

Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

M. Corno

Sezione di Automatica, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

Sezione di Bioingegneria, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

M. Galli

Sezione di Bioingegneria, Dipartimento di Elettronica, Informazione e Bioingegneria

Dipartimento di Design

G. Andreoni

Dipartimento di Design

Budd-e project partners

PARTNERS

Contacts