Category: Sensory Disability Access


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Baxter is a prototype device to explore how robots can help blind people and visually impaired more effectively navigate urban environments. This improves the lives of blind people who are otherwise fearful of exploring unfamiliar environments and performing necessary tasks associated with urban living – crossing the street, sorting bus tickets or finding the right storefront. The robot figures out what bus ticket is needed and slides it in front of the blind person, telling the person “I am sliding [the ticket] towards you. The bus ticket is now in front of you.” In the future Baxter will give physical gesture-based directions along with its verbal directions that helps people remember better how to get to a certain destination.


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Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) TechBridgeWorld
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Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) TechBridgeWorld is an innovative University that is using Baxter to help blind people navigate the world.