Introduction + Project Summary

Our project aims to aid the visually impaired to travel safely over crosswalks. Specifically, we limit our scope to solving two problems: The first is the identification and recognition of traffic walk signs using image detection. While some walk signs have audio cues indicating when it is turned on, most lack this feature. As a result, visually impaired people are inconvenienced and must rely on more subtle audio signals, and/or others around them, to gauge when it’s time to cross. Having a device that can recognize walk signs, and detect when they are on,  gives people who are visually impaired safety and independence when crossing the road. The device will also tell the user if they are staying on the white lines of the crosswalk, and will notify the user what direction to turn in so that they can stay within the white lines of the crosswalk.