Towards digital image accessibility for blind users via vibrating touch screen

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dc.contributor.author Tekli, J.
dc.contributor.author Chbeir, R.
dc.contributor.author Ghannam, C.
dc.contributor.author Issa, Y. B.
dc.contributor.author Awada, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-05T06:56:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-05T06:56:28Z
dc.date.issued 2017-07-05
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-4673-5152-2 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/5870
dc.description.abstract The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates at 285 million the number of people affected by visual deficiencies, among which 39 millions are totally blind. In our modern society saturated with visual media tools and applications (images, videos, web pages, etc.), accessing visual information becomes a central need for all kinds of tasks and users, including the visually impaired. In this context, various adapted tools of assistance (screen readers, Braille terminals, screen magnification, etc.), have been increasingly helping persons suffering from a visual incapacity to access and manipulate information. While effective with textual contents, nonetheless, existing solutions remain very limited when it comes to accessing and understanding visual contents. The goal of our work is to provide a computerized solution, investigating the use of the vibrating touch screen technology in providing a contour-based presentation of simple images for visually impaired users. This could prove very useful in allowing blind people to access geographic maps, to navigate autonomously inside and outside buildings, as well as to access graphs and mathematical charts (for visually impaired students). To achieve this, we develop a detailed experimental protocol, EVIAC, testing a blind userâs capacity in learning, understanding, distinguishing and identifying basic geometric objects using a vibrating touch screen. Preliminary tests on blindfolded candidates show promising results with respect to traditional paper embossing. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher IEEE en_US
dc.title Towards digital image accessibility for blind users via vibrating touch screen en_US
dc.type Conference Paper / Proceeding en_US
dc.title.subtitle a feasibility test protocol en_US
dc.author.school SOE en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201306321 en_US
dc.author.department Electrical And Computer Engineering en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.keywords Shape en_US
dc.keywords Visualization en_US
dc.keywords Object recognition en_US
dc.keywords Protocols en_US
dc.keywords Feature extraction en_US
dc.keywords Image edge detection en_US
dc.keywords Web pages en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SITIS.2012.85 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Awada, A., Issa, Y. B., Ghannam, C., Tekli, J., & Chbeir, R. (2012, November). Towards Digital Image Accessibility for Blind Users Via Vibrating Touch Screen: A Feasibility Test Protocol. In Signal Image Technology and Internet Based Systems (SITIS), 2012 Eighth International Conference on (pp. 547-554). IEEE. en_US
dc.author.email joe.tekli@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.conference.date 25-29 Nov. 2012 en_US
dc.conference.pages 547-554 en_US
dc.conference.place Naples, Italy en_US
dc.conference.title 2012 Eighth International Conference on Signal Image Technology and Internet Based Systems en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/6395142/ en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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