Simulation-based clarification of appropriate factors for presenting phosphene in two directions avoiding electrical interference

Manami Kanamaru, Phan Xuan Tan, Eiji Kamioka

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Abstract

Walking support systems are essential for blind people. In this study, the presentation of phosphene position is focused on as a method to detect obstacles for blind people. When the phosphene is used in a walking support system, it is necessary to accurately present the phosphene in at least three directions of the visual field. Controlling the presentation of phosphene position has been reported in several previous studies. However, methodologies to present phosphene in multiple directions without any electric interference have not as yet been investigated. In this study, therefore, appropriate stimulation factors are clarified by the simulation of electric field on the eyeball surface which is strongly related to the presentation of phosphene position in the visual field. As a result of the simulation, it was revealed that the distance of each electrode does not give a significant effect to the eyeball surface. However, the phase of alternating current significantly changed the electric field on the eyeball surface. From investigation of the simulation results, it was clarified that the transition of the electric field on the eyeball surface can be controlled using anti-phase stimulation. In addition, the methodology to present the phosphene at least in two directions was verified.

Original languageEnglish
Article number111
JournalBioengineering
Volume8
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug

Keywords

  • Electric field
  • Eyeball surface
  • Finite element method
  • Phosphene
  • Walking support system for blind people

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering

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