The Virtual Cane

Accessible interfaces have been created using the Nintendo Wii Remote (Wiimote) device, and other Wii technology. The Virtual Cane uses the Wiimote’s ability to describe a body within 3D space to provide an interface to 3D environments for the visually impaired. The Wii Cane System maps the real world position and orientation of a Wiimote to that of a virtual counterpart within a simulated 3D environment so that it can be used as a cane within the environment. Auditory, verbal and vibratory feedback are provided in various forms which can be used by people who are blind and visually impaired to navigate their way around virtual environments. ...more