Structure Navigation System for the Visually Impaired

Structure Navigation System for the Visually Impaired

Beyster BluePath™  is a project to make the BBB fully navigable by a person with blindness or significant visual impairment.  Students will use wearable technology and beacons to assist the client in navigation, all while making adjustments for furniture that may be in a different location from day-to-day.

Please note that there was a similar project during the 2017 calendar year, and the group may use this previous project, or start anew, based upon the team’s careful consideration.

Professor David Chesney (Computer Science) will lead this team of students to create an in-building, pedestrian navigation system for blind and visually-impaired persons. Students will design a system utilizing appropriate software, hardware, and devices to give a student, faculty, staff or visitor with low vision the ability to easily navigate the Bob and Betty Beyster Building (BBB), even given the dynamics of building layout.

The system will be designed around identified artifacts: items that will accurately send a signal indicating their location. Some of the artifact locations are static, like walls, stairs, and elevator doors.  Some of the locations are dynamic, like chairs and tables that are not fastened to the floor.

More Information


Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following document in January 2018:

Click here to view Student IP Agreement

No NDA necessary

How to Apply

Project Features

  • Skill level All levels
  • Students 5-7 Students
  • Likely Majors Any, , A&D, CE, CS, ECE, EE, SI
  • Course Substitutions Honors, CS, SI, SI PEP, A&D Elec, ECE Cognate, EE MDE, CE MDE
  • IP & NDA Required? No
  • Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
  • Android Programming


  • Beacon and Mapping Technology

    • EE, CE, CSE/CS-LSA
  • User Interface Design

    UI/UX Design for Accessibility

Faculty Mentor: Dave Chesney
Lecturer IV in Computer Science and Engineering