DailyDirt: Tools For The Blind
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Visually impaired folks have access to more technology than ever before. Despite various setbacks that prevent some ingenious innovations, plenty of developers are still working on hardware and software tools to help out people with disabilities. Here are just a few examples of some interesting projects for the blind.
- An iPhone app called VizWiz helps blind users by letting them take a picture of something that is confusing — and then crowdsourcing a helpful description to make things clear. This app uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to obtain helpful people, and the average turnaround time for a description is 27 seconds. [url]
- The Poet image description tool is open source software that helps to crowdsource image descriptions for digital books. This tool is aimed at textbook illustrations that aren’t too helpful for people who can’t see them. [url]
- The Tacit project is developing a hand-held sonar device with haptic feedback — a technological take on the white cane. It’s still just a prototype device, but so far, users seem to be able to use it fairly quickly without much training. [url]
- Haptic shoes could help people navigate by vibrating different parts of the shoe to tell the wearer if there are obstacles ahead. These shoes, like the Tacit project’s handheld, are based on open Arduino hardware — allowing other developers to contribute improvements and build upon existing tools. [url]
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Filed Under: arduino, blind, crowdsourced, haptics, hardware, innovations, mechanical turk, software, sonar, tacit project, tools, visually impaired, vizwiz
Comments on “DailyDirt: Tools For The Blind”
In the land of the blind the man with one eye is king.
I wonder how many of these inventions will have to be withdrawn once the inevitable patent lawsuits start being filed…
All of them