SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

AquaHaptic: Water Based Navigation System

Contributors

Presenter: Larry Powell (Texas A&M University)

Abstract

The current method for swimmers to navigate around is to use visual land markers. The process they use point markers is to track their progress and direction to their destination. This is a complex and difficult process and is considered a factor of the swimmers ability to perform tasks. We propose to fix this is by using AquaHaptic which is a mobile vibrotactile navigation system. We believe that the system will provide optimal navigation and decreasing the swimmers cognitive load on avoiding obstacles. We intend to further use the system to detect more environmental features as well statistically understand user’s physical and mental features while they swim.