Collision-Detecting Suitcase, Wayfinding App Help Blind People Navigate Airports

Publication/Creation Date
May 7 2019
The Robotics Institute (contributor)
Byron Spice (creator)
Association For Computing Machinery, Inc. (ACM) (contributor)
Chieko Asakawa (contributor)
Kris Kitani (contributor)
Christina Cassotis (contributor)
The University Of Tokyo (contributor)
Waseda University (contributor)
Seita Kayukawa (contributor)
Shigeo Morishima (contributor)
Keita Higuchi (contributor)
Yoichi Sato (contributor)
João Guerreiro (contributor)
Media Type
Press Release
Persuasive Intent

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say a smart suitcase that warns blind users of impending collisions and a wayfinding smartphone app can help people with visual disabilities navigate airport terminals safely and independently.

The rolling suitcase sounds alarms when users are headed for a collision with a pedestrian, and the navigation app provides turn-by-turn audio instructions to users on how to reach a departure gate — or a restroom or a restaurant. Both proved effective in a pair of user studies conducted at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The researchers will present their findings at CHI 2019, the Association for Computing Machinery's Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 4–9 in Glasgow, Scotland.

HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Marketing Keywords
CHI 2019, IBM, IPhone 8, NavCog, BBeep, Bluetooth

Date archived
May 14 2019
Last edited
May 14 2019
How to cite this entry
Byron Spice. (May 7 2019). "Collision-Detecting Suitcase, Wayfinding App Help Blind People Navigate Airports". Carnegie Mellon University. Carnegie Mellon University. Fabric of Digital Life.