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e-Glance! I can know it! just with my Smartphone!

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[Glance]Commercial_sheet_UPM_EN(Innovatech) PDF
 
Briefing

e-Glance is a virtual reality App that allows blind people to explore unknown indoors, which are created from the real world, just they need their smartphone. The phone notifies the user of the presence of relevant objects and structures within the scenario autonomously and at the request of the participant. The App provides autonomy, satisfaction and security when performing the virtual visit, because it is designed with proven sensitive interfaces with a group of blind participants, to ensure that the information provided by the application is sufficiently clear and precise.

 
Technology Solution

Virtualized scenarios allow the blind to have a satisfying, secure, without apprehension experience; The mobile recognizes the position and orientation of the blind person in the virtual world and provides information at the request of the user through the use of sensitive interfaces, to give him security and confidence.

The interfaces were developed with blind people during the whole creation and testing process, achieving that the product fits the blind needs.

Unlike other projects, it is used indoors and does not require external devices or GPS to make virtual tours. Free trial scenarios and low-cost real places applications will be available

 

“e-Glance allows the blind to make a virtual visit to the interiors and to become familiar with the space before visiting it”

 

 
Market demands

Social organizations

  •  The ONCE Foundation is a social organization with more than 70000 afiliates, whose main objective is to facilitate the access, maintenance and improvement of their affiliates’ jobs by different initiatives .
  • The ONCE financially supports projects which have similar objetives to theirs, in 2015 they invested 62,5M€ for supporting, 67% for jobs and training  and 33% for universal accessibility projects.

Turism

  •  The Secretary of State for Tourism, with its general strategy, supports the improvement of accessibility in the places.
  • In Andalusia there are more than 15000 blind people some places can be virtualized like Mosque of Cordoba and the Alhambra.
  • Blind population in Spain, Europe and Latin America
  • There are more than 72000 blind in Spain and more than 800 thousands in Latin America
  • The blind employee invests in technology to improve the autonomy. 

“For a blind person the main obstacles are inside a building, the exterior is quite controlled”

 

 
Market potential

Social organizations

  • The ONCE Foundation integrates more than 60 leading companies in different sectors of activity, in 2015 its investment was 152 M€ for the care of blind people and the development of social and technological research projects. [http://www.once.es/new/sala-de-prensa/publicaciones-y-documentos/Documprensa/memoria-2015-de-la-once-y-su-fundacion/documentos/memoriaONCE2015.pdf]

Turism

  • In Spain the tourist sector is one of the great engines of the economy. It represented 12% of the employement in 2007 and brings around the 11% of the Gross Domestic Product.
  • In 2016, there was an increase of  10% in accessibility demands for tourism [http://planaccesibilidadturistica.es/UserFiles/publicaciones/ficheros/Mercado_Potencial_Turismo_Accesible.pdf]

Blind Population in Spain, Europe and Latin America 

 
Competitive advantages

• A blind person can get familiar with the environment, until he/she feels safety and capable of making the visit to real places.
• Increases the level of satisfaction and the motivation due to the improvement of the autonomy.
• There is no need to use complex systems  or buy more devices. The Smartphone has everything.
• The interfaces can be adapted to the preferences, by the support that e-Glance offers the basic changes demanded by the users have no extra costs.
• The costs of contracting companions that ONCE offers to their affiliates could be reduced.
 
References

• Catedra Indra-Fundación Adecco, financiallysupports  theprojectfrom 2015 to 2017.
• The ONCE releases a supportingletter. The first plant of the Foundation ONCE is virtualized (pilot).
• Participation in Social Technology Fair 2016.
 
Development stage

  • Concept
  • R&D
  • Lab Prototype
  • Industrial Prototype
  • Production
 
Contact

Glance contact

José Javier Serrano Olmedo

josejavier.serrano@ctb.upm.es eglance@ctb.upm.es

WEB: eglance.ctb.upm.es/es/eglance/

Center  for Biomedical Technology

UPM contact

Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area

Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM

 e: innovacion.tecnologica@upm.es

 
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