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NI India Graphical System Design Achievement Awards Humanitarian Award Winner


Every day we rely on our eyes to observe and analyze objects around us, and guide us to a pathway that will prevent collision. Sometimes our eyes falter and we need assistance in figuring out where to go, so researchers at IIT Kharagpur created a vision-based electronic navigation system that can help.


More commonly known as an electronic travel aid (ETA), the system helps the visually impaired navigate the environment easily and more efficiently. Using an NI 1762 Smart Camera and NI LabVIEW software to identify and classify living, nonliving, moving, and other material objects within a 5 m range, the ETA calculates distance from object to wearer.  The system prepares alternate navigation paths around the objects and communicates the path to the user through speech messages. These messages can be programmed in different languages, which is a capability that many vision-based electronic navigation systems lack.


The entire system is based on LabVIEW software and the NI 1762 Smart Camera using the NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection. This lets the system be compact and lightweight while highly effective. The system successfully detects human presence, chairs, tables, beds, television sets, refrigerators, doors, cupboards, and telephones. When the human face is not in the camera’s field of view, the system can still understand a human’s presence. Now you really don’t have to watch where you’re going anymore!



>> See how they did it.

At the fourth annual Graphical System Design Achievement (GSDA) Awards event, held during the NIWeek 2011 conference and exhibition, National Instruments honored 17 innovative applications developed by engineers, scientists and researchers from around the world and across a variety of industries. More than 300 authors from 20 countries submitted entries to the GSDA Awards, making this year’s pool of applicants the largest and most competitive in the awards’ history.


Innovators from eight application categories, ranging from robotics and academic research to advanced control systems and embedded monitoring, were recognized for using NI technology and a graphical system design approach to develop solutions to critical engineering and science challenges. Following are just a few examples of the awards presented:


  • The 2011 Application of the Year Award was presented to Christian Sames of the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics for developing a custom time digitizer to study fundamental quantum properties of light-matter interaction.


  • The Green Engineering award went to Vestas Wind Systems and CIM Industrial Systems A/S for designing and testing the durability of a wind turbine drivetrain.


  • The Humanitarian Award was presented to Kitasato University received  for developing the world’s first real-time 3-D medical imaging system.


To see the full list of award recipients and learn the details of their applications, visit