2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (2006)
Oct. 11, 2006 to Oct. 14, 2006
Tudor Dumitras , Carnegie Mellon University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Lee , Carnegie Mellon University. email@example.com
Pablo Quinones , Carnegie Mellon University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Asim Smailagic , Carnegie Mellon University. email@example.com
Dan Siewiorek , Carnegie Mellon University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Priya Narasimhan , Carnegie Mellon University. email@example.com
Blind and visually-impaired people cannot access essential information in the form of written text in our environment (e.g., on restaurant menus, street signs, door labels, product names and instructions, expiration dates). In this paper, we present and evaluate a mobile text-recognition system capable of extracting written information from a wide variety of sources and communicating it on-demand to the user. The user needs no additional hardware except an ordinary, Internet-enabled mobile camera-phone - a device that many visually-impaired individuals already own. This approach fills a gap in assistive technologies for the visually-impaired because it makes users aware of textual information not available to them through any other means.
P. Quinones, A. Smailagic, P. Narasimhan, M. Lee, D. Siewiorek and T. Dumitras, "Eye of the Beholder: Phone-Based Text-Recognition for the Visually-Impaired," 2006 10th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers(ISWC), Montreux, Switzerland, 2006, pp. 145-146.