Shimizu Corporation produces Artificially Intelligent suitcase
21, Feb 2020, 11:23 AM IST
Tokyo (Japan): In recent years, the number of people with visual impairment is on the rise due to age-related issues which has led to the onset of eye disease such as glaucoma. People with such impairment face number of challenges; among these, one of the largest hurdles that prevent social participation is the inability to move around freely. Shimizu corporation institute of technology in Tokyo hosted a press conference to announce the establishment of Consortium for Advanced Assistive Mobility Platform. It is aiming to improve accessibility in society and quality of life for the visually impaired. The consortium will develop an integrated technological solution AI suitcase that will support people's transport and communication with AI, and will conduct pilot experiment and demonstration towards ultimate implementation in society. The consortium was inspired by the research that IBM fellow Chieko Asakawa conducted at Carnegie Mellon University (US) on navigation for the visually impaired. Multiple companies in various fields of business will bring together their technologies and expertise to develop AI suitcase. Shimizu Corporation is offering advice and technology based on their know-how regarding public space, indoor and outdoor navigation, and robotics as well as the administrative and accounting feature required for running the association. Through pilot experiment, the companies will identify the requirement for social implementation and aim to achieve a solution that resolves transport and communication issue for the visually impaired.