DATE 2014/12/09 VISITORS 2030
Tamkang University and Chunghwa Telecom have jointly researched for the creation of the Language Audio Assistant App, that uses Volunteer (cloud services App) to assist the visually impaired. The App helps with everyday services such as recognition of banknotes, bus schedule notifications, daily news and stocks. Yet sometimes the visually impaired seek even more detailed information to fit their lifestyle needs such as product prices, insurance savings, and every detail of important documents and products. Therefore, the Center of Resources for Visual Impairment has developed the 4G Mobile Helper for the visually impaired project.
The Language Audio Assistant App has a function that helps users read essential information for daily life. It currently has over 5,500 users and in the future will be modified to assist users in reading much more detailed information. Computer Engineer from the Center of Resources for Visual Impairment, Jason Chang, stated, “This App helps users take a picture and send the information to the Volunteer App that will identify the desired product. However sometimes the visually-impaired users want even more information so the volunteers then need to detail the content even more thoroughly. The plan for the 4G Mobile Helper is to combine the Volunteer App with Ticker in hopes of giving them the desired information more efficiently.”
Jason Chang described many of the challenges they need to overcome in order to meet with the needs of the visually impaired. Currently the Volunteer App has 200 registered volunteers in Taiwan. If you wish to become a volunteer yourself, contact the group via facebook by searching “Goods Recognition (物品辨識)”. Visually-impaired student, Shi-qing Huang, stated, “Many of our visually-impaired members of the community utilize the computer to bring the world to us in a convenient way. With the development of the electronic market, we have a lot more options to choose from. The development of technology has helped us get access to a lot more information and I hope that this recognition program will let us experience even more.”