SpareEye: Enhancing the Safety of Inattentionally Blind Smartphone Users

Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Mobility
Format: PDF
Using mobile phones while walking for activities that require continuous focus on the screen, such as texting, has become more and more popular in the last years. To avoid colliding with obstacles, such as lampposts and pedestrians, focus has to be taken off the screen in regular intervals. In this paper, the authors introduce SpareEye, an Android application that warns the Smartphone users from obstacles in their way. They use only the camera of the phone and no special hardware, ensuring that it requires minimal effort from the user to use the application during everyday life.

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