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The Chatty Environment

A Research Demo of the Distributed Systems Group

The Chatty Environment is a system designed to help visually impaired and blind people to lead a more independent life and better orient themselves in unknown environments by enhancing the world with spoken information. To achieve this goal, the various entities of the Chatty Environment are electronically tagged, thus being detectable by a suitable reading device. A virtual aura emerges around the tagged objects, in which these are electronically detectable by a suitable reading device. The reader communicates with the user's mobile device (e.g., an HP iPAQ), that mediates the interaction between user and smart environment.

This demo was created in September 2003.

See also the following related items:

Selected Publications

See the Publications of the Distributed Systems Group page for a full listing of our publications.

Related Student Projects

The following table lists corresponding student projects in our group. Note that some descriptions will be in German.

S Erweiterung des Welterklärers um einen smarten Blindenstock Michael DullerVlad CoroamaSS 04
S Einbindung von RFID-Tags in eine existierende Welterklärer-Infrastruktur Christoph PluessVlad CoroamaWS 03/04
D Welterklärer für Sehbehinderte Felix RoethenbacherVlad CoroamaWS 03/04
P Indoor Navigation for Visually Impaired People (Navigation Layer) Nicolas TissotVlad Coroama,
Jürgen Bohn
SS 03
ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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