GuideCopter - A Precise Drone-Based Haptic Guidance Interface for Blind or Visually Impaired People


Drone assisted navigation aids for supporting walking activities of visually impaired have been established in related work but fine-point object grasping tasks and the object localization in unknown environments still presents an open and complex challenge. We present a drone-based interface that provides fine-grain haptic feedback and thus physically guides them in hand-object localization tasks in unknown surroundings. Our research is built around community groups of blind or visually impaired (BVI) people, which provide in-depth insights during the development process and serve later as study participants. A pilot study infers users' sensibility to applied guiding stimuli forces and the different human-drone tether interfacing possibilities. In a comparative follow-up study, we show that our drone-based approach achieves greater accuracy compared to a current audio-based hand guiding system and delivers overall a more intuitive and relatable fine-point guiding experience.

Felix Huppert
University of Passau, Passau, Bavaria, Germany
Gerold Hoelzl
University of Passau, Passau, Bavaria, Germany
Matthias Kranz
University of Passau, Passau, Bavaria, Germany




会議: CHI 2021

The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (

セッション: Haptics

[A] Paper Room 09, 2021-05-10 17:00:00~2021-05-10 19:00:00 / [B] Paper Room 09, 2021-05-11 01:00:00~2021-05-11 03:00:00 / [C] Paper Room 09, 2021-05-11 09:00:00~2021-05-11 11:00:00
Paper Room 09
10 件の発表
2021-05-10 17:00:00
2021-05-10 19:00:00