A Multimodal Tablet–based Application for the Visually Impaired for Detecting and Recognizing Objects in a Home Environment

Presented at the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, 2014, Paris, France.

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A Multimodal Tablet–based Application for the Visually Impaired for Detecting and Recognizing Objects in a Home Environment

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali. Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP 2014), July 9-11, Paris, France, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), Volume 8547, pp. 356-359, 2014.

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A GPS-based Personalized Pedestrian Route Recording Smartphone Application for the Blind

Rabia Jafri and Syed Abid Ali. Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI 2014) – Posters’ Extended Abstracts, June 22-27, Crete, Greece, Springer International Publishing, Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS), Volume 435, pp. 232-237, 2014.

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Tools for the Visually Impaired

We are continuously working towards developing applications for the visually impaired ranging from object recognition to navigation. See our R&D page for a list of selected publications in this area. To this end, we are always looking for partners who would be interested in utilizing our ideas to implement these tools in the form of desktop and mobile applications. If you are interested in working with us, especially in the implementation of applications that are geared towards wearable computing devices, then please get in touch with us.

Glasses-Free 3D Life-Size Visualization Tools

Araware is carrying out research and development work with a company that holds several patents and trademarks for the development of glasses-free 3D visualization tools, including full on-stage life-size 3D displays, software applications, cameras and 3D data compression solutions. We are looking for development partners, such as educational institutions, who have interest in assisting us with the development of applications based on these technologies for the use in the medical field and industrial design.

3D Internet Based Interactive Virtual Environment for Collaborative Manipulation of Robots and Other Hardware or Software Equipment

We are working with a company in Europe that has developed a unique, modular, 3D Internet based interactive virtual environment for collaborative manipulation (using augmented reality) of robots and other hardware or software equipment. The main goals of this technology are as follows:

  • Rapid Interdisciplinary Development
  • Remote Knowledge Sharing
  • Proactive Development for Future Technologies
  • Knowledge Integration Platform for Multilateral Corporation (Integration of Results of Large Scale Consortium Projects)

This development technology is in use today at European academic institutions for research and development and rapid prototyping. Universities are a key to the adaptation and development to further this concept. As such, we are looking for signing up with universities who would be interested in learning more about this technology and adopting it for local scientific, medical and industrial design.

Fearless Cards

Fearless Cards is a toolkit for basic computer literacy training for underserved populations. For more information, please visit http://www.fearlesscards.org. We are always looking for groups who may be interested in adapting this tool in local languages/dialects especially in the areas of South Asia. You may contact us for participation in this project or you may contact the Fearless Cards group directly by visiting their website.

Quoted from their website:

We have developed Fearless Cards, a novel design to help under-served communities overcome emotional barriers to learn computer and internet use. In our work with Hispanic day laborers experience strong emotional barriers in addition to lacking technical skills: fear, anxiety, and lack of self-confidence; their task is made more difficult given their limited English language skills.

Through an iterative process of design and testing we created the Fearless Cards, a set of basic, easy-to-use instructions to help extremely under-served populations learn to use computers and overcome their fears and lack of self-confidence.

Fearless Cards help reach the deep pockets of exclusion and allow extremely marginalized populations such as immigrant day laborers gain self-confidence and overcome emotional barriers that prevent them from starting to use computers and the internet to meet their daily needs.

 The Fearless Cards Starter deck complete with bilingual instructions is available for free at the Gallery and Download for examination, testing and feedback.

We will be happy to send a courtesy copy of a set if you complete the survey and agree to tell us how it goes in a couple of months.