Abstract

The purpose of this project is to allow a visually impaired person to enjoy playing the sport of basketball in his/her driveway or yard. The project required adapting a portable basketball goal system so that a visually impaired person can experience this sport. The assistive technology developed consisted of instrumenting the pole with a custom built beacon to allow the person to know where the portable system is located, thus determining in which direction to shoot the basketball. The beacon, mounted on the pole, emits a continuous distinct beeping sound. Also, the hoop was instrumented with a sensor that allows the person to know if he/she makes a basket. A sound is triggered to signal when the basketball passes though the hoop successfully. Furthermore, the hoop was custom sized to increase the odds of making a basket.

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