GuideDawg 2.0: Butler's Mobile Application for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Rachel Burke Butler University, Ryan Graham Butler University, David Purdum Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Panos Linos Butler University
Butler Computer Science and Software Engineering students have worked to develop an innovative iPhone app for the blind and visually impaired called GuideDawg over the last four years. The Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) has used GuideDawg to help students navigate around their campus. In GuideDawg 2.0, we expanded upon the work completed on the ISBVI version of the application. With this updated version, we aim to provide customized features, such as speech recognition, that will help assist not only visitors, but also Butler’s own visually impaired students as they travel on campus. In addition, we created a website for Butler staff to manage available routes.
Through this research project, our team has explored using new technologies including .NET, a developer platform tool to build various applications; Xamarin, a cross platform mobile framework; and Microsoft Azure, a cloud solution to maintain our database. These have enabled us to develop on multiple mobile platforms and store data in a reliable world-class cloud back-end. Some of our future plans include using iBeacons, a low energy Bluetooth technology, to increase the application’s positional accuracy as the mobile application navigates students around Butler's campus.
Mathematics & Computer Science
Oral Presentation

When & Where

01:45 PM
Jordan Hall 238