Public transportation assistant for the cognitively impaired.

Timothy H. Riehle, Shane M. Anderson, Patrick A. Lichter, Allen W Brown, Daniel S. Hedin

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This project developed and evaluated the utility of a mobility assistant cognitive prosthetic that leverages the computing power and GPS location determination capabilities of smart phones to provide location-sensitive mobility assistance. New relatively inexpensive smart phones offer powerful computing and location sensing capabilities. A prototype cognitive prosthetic was developed to assist users in their use of transportation systems. User Interface design included remote caregiver programming features, and automated SMS status generation. Location specific memory cues are triggered by comparing current GPS coordinate location with expected route coordinates obtained from stored route databases based on the GTFS feeds from transit systems. Additional development focused on developing algorithms to identify potential user errors, such as wrong-bus. These reminders and instructions will allow cognitively disabled persons to utilize public transportation systems with greater confidence leading to greater mobility and independence.

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Motor Vehicles
Disabled Persons
Caregivers
Cues
Prosthetics
Databases
Global positioning system
Disabled persons
User interfaces
Smartphone
Data storage equipment
Power (Psychology)

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  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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