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5G Labs Presents at NEAER Conference in Newport RI

On November 14th 2012 the 5G Mobile Evolution Lab presented PERCEPT system in a one hour workshop at the New England Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (NEAER) Conference in Newport Rhode Island. The NEAER Conference is a regional conference for professionals in Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

The workshop presenters were Carole Wilson, Orientation & Mobility (O&M) instructor from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, and James Schafer, Systems Engineer from 5G Labs. This workshop covered topics such as "What is PERCEPT from a Users Perspective?", "PERCEPT 's Simple and User Friendly Interface", "PERCEPT's Successful Trials with Visually Impaired and Blind Users", and "PERCEPT of the Future: The Smartphone".

PERCEPT workshop was warmly accepted by the workshop participants as can be seen from the following collection of quotes:

"The session on Percept: Independence and Indoor Navigation in the Palm of Your Hand by Carole Wilson and James Schafer really peeked my interest. I am an Orientation and Mobility Instructor and the concept of Percept used as an indoor navigational system to assist visually impaired travel through indoor environments is really exciting. For the visually impaired to use their smart phones enter an unfamiliar building and use Percept to travel throughout the building independently is very exciting. I can't wait to see how Percept develops and finally is put into use. I can see Percept being used on public transportation, in colleges, and office buildings and our consumers feeling a lot more confident when traveling indoors in unfamiliar environments." ~ G. C.

"The research project, PERCEPT: Independence and Indoor Navigation was so impressive, with so many possibilities for the future." ~ J. S.

"As always, the conference had a number of engaging and interesting sessions to choose from, my favorites this year being those that provided education surrounding technology. The indoor navigational system "Percept" that was presented (although still in the development phase) showed what the very near future holds for independence relative to those traveling through unfamiliar, indoor environments and even public transportation." ~ C. O.