A Wearable Electronic Swim Coach for Blind Athletes

Jonathan Oommen1, David Bews1, Mohsen Sheikh Hassani1, Yuu Ono1, James R. Green1

  • 1Carleton University

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Poster Session

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10:00 - 17:00 | Tue 30 Oct | Foyer | B1P-E

Rehabilitation & Assistive Technologies

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Abstract

This project aims to enable a visually impaired swimmer to train with more independence than currently allowed by other solutions. The final device prototype consists of a smartphone application that leverages various hardware components within a smartphone, such as the video camera and the gyroscope. These hardware components are used to track the visually impaired swimmer in a reliable manner and notify the swimmer if they have deviated to a side or if they are approaching the end of their lane. The final prototype uses machine vision to track a swimmer’s position relative to the black “T” shaped line on the bottom of a standard competitive swimming pool. A device prototype is created and tested to demonstrate the proof of concept for the device design and algorithm. The in-water device testing demonstrates the success of the prototype in real-world scenarios and highlights opportunities for further device improvements.

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