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Aurélie Valentin - Business development Manager

17 rue Moreau - 75012 Paris - France

Phone: + 33 1 53 46 26 82 / Mob: + 33 6 80 32 10 67 / Email:


Streetlab, located in Institut de la Vision, in Paris (France), aims to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration for the blind and visually impaired people. In addition, Streetlab works to raise awareness of the larger community possible (public institutions, leading companies, and SMEs) on visual impairment and socio-economic impact of low vision in order to foster research, development and adaptation where needed.

All the projects gather three types of stakeholders building an ecosystem of innovation and representing the whole of the innovation chain:

  • Higher education and research organisations
  • Industrial actors : innovative start-up, SMEs and leading companies
  • End-users: individuals end-users - blind and partially sighted people - and organisations/associations (Fédération des Aveugles de France, RNIB, EuroblindUnion, etc.)


Streetlab promotes projects aiming both at adapting existing products/services to specific needs of visually impaired people, and at developing new products, functionalities or services specific to this targeted audience.

Streetlab mainly focuses on innovations in the fields of mobility, house accessibility and comfort, lighting, transport and access to public information.


The Living Lab approach rely on an integrated offer organised around 3 elements:

Ø  An human factors approach, involving a multidisciplinary team (low vision experts, ergonomists, occupational therapists, accessibility experts)

Ø  Two innovative experimental platforms, Homelab and Artificial street, built up respectively, as realistic home and shopping street

Ø  A large end-users - blind and/or partially sighted people - panel

References and Track Record

Through a broad range of R&D collaborative projects, results and impacts have been obtained.

For example:

-        Development of innovative visual aids optimizing residual vision, such as enhanced reality non-immersive head-mounted display.

-        Evaluation of use and impact of humanoid robot as a comprehensive assistant for persons suffering from loss of autonomy.

-        Co-design and evaluation of mobility solutions: Pedestrian GPS system, tablet application, Computer of route, adapted urban furniture.

-        In-door and out-door lighting impact and comfort evaluation


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