Inspiration

Helping visually impaired people find their way onto the train. Inspired by Seiichi Miyake's work on Tenji blocks.

What it does

Our mobile application guides visually impaired people towards their train door and button using voiceover. The voiceover guides the user by indicating direction.

How we built it

The application was built using Flutter framework and Dart as well as a python flask server running on heroku for the machine learning model. The camera of the phone feeds the heroku server with images and the model gives us back results. The results is then received on the smartphone. The application uses voiceover to guide the user based on the results.

Challenges we ran into

We have never deployed a machine learning model in an app before so it was interesting to see how to go about this problem. The tflite support on flutter was really complex to wrap our heads around therefore we had to use a heroku server for the prototype.

Human resources : 2 of our team members dropped us which was hard to take in but we pulled through and delivered a prototype.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

  • Development of a Flutter based application using live ML results based on the smartphone camera feed.
  • Deployment of an ML model on heroku.

What we learned

  • The basics of how computer vision works.
  • How to deploy computer vision models.
  • Learned about tensors.

What's next for Tenji

It would be nice to further develop this app. The first step would be to get this into the hands of people who might actually need it and see how this impacts them. We can develop as much as we want but if it doesn't correspond to what people need it is useless.

In terms of implementation :

  • We could integrate the actual TFlite model instead of relying on the backend by resizing the image using image processr.
  • We could also work on the quality of the feedback which is still really basic in the current prototype.

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