Miraikan Accessibility Lab. will invent technologies that will support the future lives of the visually impaired by cooperating with partners.

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Introduction video of the works of Accessibility Lab.

Vision

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. 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.

Research

AI Suitcase

AI Suitcase

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:外部サイトへ移動しますAdvanced Assistive Mobility Platform

Publications

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: 外部サイトへ移動しますhttps://wotipati.github.io/projects/AI-Suitcase-Acceptance/

"Touchable" Exhibits

"Touchable" Exhibits

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.

Publications

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. (To appear)

Researcher

Wang Xiyue

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/

Kayukawa Seita

Ph.D. Student, Waseda University / Researcher, Miraikan - The National Museum of Merging Science and Innovation / Research Fellow (DC1), JSPS Research Fellowships for Young Scientists

I am interested in enhancing blind people’s independence in public spaces by developing mobility assistance systems with AI-Suitcase or smartphones.
Keywords: Blind Navigation, Mobility Assistance, AI-Suitcase, Smartphone
Personal Page: https://wotipati.github.io/

Participating Organizations

Recruitment of Partner Research Institutions, Researchers, Experimental Participants

Miraikan Accessibility Lab. is seeking partner research institutions, researchers who aspire to work with us at Miraikan, as well as people who can participate in experiments as users.

Contact

Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
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