Accessible Aiming Project
GEO is proud to collaborate with Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) on a one of a kind and innovative accessible sight. This digital site will assist our blind and visually impaired hunters using targeting software and auditory tones via bluetooth headphones. For more on this project please visit the Accessible Aiming project website or browse the information and videos below.
What is Accessible Aiming?
The Accessible Aiming Project is a tool for people with disabilities to help them aim at targets. It uses the camera on your device to track objects of interest and provide feedback on their positioning.
What can I do with it?
The Accessible Aiming Project can be used in three different modes:
This mode is designed to help you aim at a target. It will track the target and provide feedback on its position relative to the center of the screen.
Currently supported targets include: Deer & Turkey
For safety reasons, Humans are also detected. The system enters into a "Danger" state if a human is in the field of view.
Each of the above targets can be configured to be either:
Target - The target will be detected by the system and the user will be able to aim at it.
Ignore - The target will be ignored by the system and the user will not be able to aim at it.
Danger - The target will be detected by the system as a danger and the user will be warned whenever a target marked as danger is in the field of view.
By default, the system will classify all targets as targets. For safety reasons, it is recommended that "Humans" be set to the "Danger" classification. This will ensure that the system will warn the user if a human is in the field of view.
How does it work?
The Accessible Aiming Project uses the camera on your device to detect objects of interest.
The vector from the center of the screen to the center of the object of interest is then calculated. This vector is then used to provide feedback to the user.
How is feedback provided?
In this mode, the system will piano chords that correspond to the direction that the user needs to move in. The chords can be configured in the application settings.
For a movement in the Vertical Direction - an ascending or descending chord will be played.
For a movement in the Horizontal Direction - the audio will be played in the left or right channel.
For a movement in the Diagonal Direction - a combination of the above will be played.
For a movement in the Center - a chord will be played in the center channel.
Text to Speech Mode
In this mode, the system will use the text to speech engine on your device to speak the direction that the user needs to move in.