Context: Location-aware computing can be used to support navigation and other types of assistance for the visually impaired.

Description: A robot dog such as an Aibo is equipped with assistive-guidance software and an appropriate handle.

Interesting: Robot dogs may be an interesting alternative to interactive blind-man’s canes. And of course it can have wheels instead of legs for more robust walking performance on smooth surfaces.

Inspired by: A conversation with Gökhan Mura on possible directions for a graduation project.

Date: January 2006.

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