Indoor Magnetic Wayfinding For The Visually Impaired

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$210,542.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
1R43EY015616-01A1
Award Id:
75631
Agency Tracking Number:
EY015616
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
6901 East Fish Lake Road, Suite #190, Maple Grove, MN, 55369
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
GARY HAVEY
(763) 463-4814
GHAVEY@AME-CORP.COM
Business Contact:
TOM HENDRICKSON
(763) 463-4814
THENDRICKSON@AME-CORP.COM
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Advanced Medical Electronics (AME) proposes the development of an indoor way-finding device utilizing the unique magnetic anomaly patterns that exist in modern, man-made structures. The proposed system will record the magnitude of magnetic field strength from sensors in three orthogonal axes. The time history of these magnetic data points can be continuously compared with an electronic map of magnetic anomalies (or, "signature") to determine current position within a building. Magnetic anomalies render a magnetic compass useless for finding a directional bearing. However, these same invisible anomalies represent valuable, unique indoor terrain features measurable by magnetic sensors located inside a small, portable device. Such a device would be able to provide low-vision users with a valuable indoor low-cost way-finding tool analogous to a Global Positioning System (GPS) device used outdoors.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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