The University of Salamanca (USAL), in collaboration with the companies Oesía and Tecnalia Research & Innovation, has developed the platform '3DMovRA', a solution of indoor location that combines augmented reality and intelligent systems to promote the mobility for these spaces of visually impaired people.

The University of Salamanca has participated in the development of a localization solution with augmented reality for people with visual disabilities that corrects problems with the GPS indoors. This solution, which is carried out by the University of Salamanca in collaboration with companies Oesía Y Tecnalia, it has been defined by its creators as "the most sophisticated market", as reported in a statement sent to Reuters.

Unlike the systems GPS used by devices to locations abroad, which "are not operating in indoor or underground spaces", '3DMovRA' platform takes advantage of different technological capabilities integrated into 'smartphones' to get an "extremely precise" location in enclosed spaces. In particular, the platform captures information signal Wi-Fi and bluetooth, which together with the characteristics of a compass or accelerometer, provides the positioning.

This system is based on the AR, so allowing virtual information about the physical world to the user, which makes his experience "most complete and unique", as said by the manager responsible for the mobility competence center e Internet of things of Oesía, Carlos Boto, who has stressed that the platform provides user a "sixth sense" with a "very precise" location in Interior and a "top" perspective of the real physical world. Thus, the possibilities of the initiative for persons with visual disabilities range from malls to fairs, museums, office complexes and other enclosed spaces.

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First developed platform is "fully in Spain" which combines location system indoors with augmented reality. By the University of Salamanca has participated the Group of research in Bioinformatics, intelligent systems and technology education (Bisite), whose director and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Juan Manuel Corchado Rodriguez, recalled the many" uses"augmented reality in the field of leisure or advertising, but highlighted the possibilities to become a 'perfect element' in the development of educational environments and entertainment"both for children and for professionals", as well as in the the security and location, thanks to its combination "with intelligent systems".

For his part, the Director of the business area of 'Service Industry' of the ICT-ESI Division of Tecnalia, Ana Ayerbe, highlighted the "advantage" that supposes for the user not having to buy "additional devices" since "the experience in the field of vision by" computer and advanced graphics, along with "more efficient" algorithms, "allows you to"implement an interface of augmented reality in virtually any 'smartphone' available today on the market day".

Another notable feature of the platform '3DMovRa' is its design 'user friendly', which makes it possible that users only have to download the map of the site prior to entering the building and a thin client on your mobile device to use it.

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By • 19 Nov, 2012
• Section: Augmented reality