Can RFID Help the Blind?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Help the Blind?
RFID Journal Staff asked 12 years ago

Are there any prototype RFID systems being developed for those without sight? I have read articles regarding smart canes for the blind, in which a visually challenged person would carry an RFID reader. What I'm looking for, though, is a solution in which a blind person would carry a tag, with no specific blind path or tags placed near sidewalks.




We have published a number of articles regarding the use of radio frequency identification to assist those unable to see. I am unaware, however, of any applications in which a blind person would carry a tag. That seems like it would be a difficult solution, since the world would need to have readers situated everywhere in order to interact with that individual. The cheaper solution would be to provide him or her with a reader, and to then deploy tags throughout an area.

Here are some relevant articles:

TellMate Uses RFID to Help the Blind Recognize Objects

RFID Helps Blind Workers Do Their Jobs

Swiss Town Rolls Out RFID System for Blind Bus Riders

Tags Lead the Way for Blind in EU-Funded Pilot

U.S. Agency Plans Navigation System for the Blind

Michigan Students to Develop RFID-enabled Robotic Guide Dog

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