Miraikan Accessibility Lab. is a research consortium to invent technologies that will support the future lives of the visually impaired by cooperating with partners.
Introduction video of the works of Accessibility Lab.
Science and technology have transformed the lives of people with disabilities. Speech synthesis and mobile devices are now indispensable technologies for the daily lives of the visually impaired in areas such as education and jobs. Miraikan Accessibility Lab. is a research consortium that collaborates with companies and institutions with advanced AI and robotics technologies, striving to create technologies that can help the visually impaired move freely about the city, recognize information overflowing inside the city, and become independent within the city. We will expedite the social implementation of these technologies by having visitors actually experience them throughout Miraikan and together, consider both issues and possibilities.
The AI Suitcase is an autonomous, navigation robot that guides visually impaired people. It looks like a commercially available suitcase, yet it can recognize obstacles and people to guide the visually impaired user safely to their destination. We are conducting experiments at Miraikan and improving its functions through collaboration with partners.
Cooperation：Advanced Assistive Mobility Platform
Seita Kayukawa, Daisuke Sato, Masayuki Murata, Tatsuya Ishihara, Akihiro Kosugi, Hironobu Takagi, Shigeo Morishima, and Chieko Asakawa. 2022. How Users, Facility Managers, and Bystanders Perceive and Accept a Navigation Robot for Visually Impaired People in Public Buildings. In Proceedings of the 31st IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (IEEE RO-MAN 2022).
Project Page： https://wotipati.github.io/projects/AI-Suitcase-Acceptance/
Telescopes and Microscopes are essential science equipment that allows us to see the unseeable. To enable visually impaired people to understand visual information by touch, we are developing "touchable" exhibits, especially with an interactive audio guide. The developed exhibits are used and tested mainly by visually impaired visitors of Miraikan.
Xiyue Wang, Seita Kayukawa, Hironobu Takagi, and Chieko Asakawa. 2022. BentoMuseum: 3D and Layered Interactive Museum Map for Blind Visitors. In The 24th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’22), October 23–26, 2022, Athens, Greece.
Project Page： https://xiyue-w.github.io/projects/BentoMuseum/
Ph.D. (Information Science) / Researcher, Miraikan - The National Museum of Merging Science and Innovation
My current research focuses on developing tangible and tactile user interfaces that provide barrier-free museum experiences to people with vision impairments and diverse needs.
Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, 3D Printing, Touch Sensing, Behavioral Data Analysis
Personal Page: https://xiyue-w.github.io/
Open Data / Open Source
- Miraikan Accessibility Lab. GitHub
- AI Suitcase Project GitHub
- Miraikan 360-degree Video Dataset
This is a data set of all-around images of Miraikan captured using a 360-degree camera.
Anyone can use it for research and development purposes.
Click here for data set details and application
- Model data for 3D printing
The model data for 3D printing such as “touchable” exhibits is published on Thingverse.
Miraikan （Accessibility Lab.） sponsors the following events and organizations.
Recruitment ofResearchers, Experimental Participants
Miraikan Accessibility Lab. is seeking researchers who aspire to work with us at Miraikan, as well as people who can participate in experiments as users.
- About Recruitment of Researchers
- If you wish to participate in experiments as users: Please send us your request from the “Contact through the Internet” link below.
Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
Contact through the Internet