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A blind-friendly photography application for smartphones

A blind-friendly photography application for smartphones A Blind-Friendly Photography Application for Smartphones Dustin Adams, Sri Kurniawan University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 {duwadams, skurnia}@ucsc.edu Abstract Photography is a visual way to capture a moment in time. Photos can be used for artistic expression, and to remember significant events. Because photo taking, organizing and sharing traditionally requires visual information, those with no or limited sight often have problems with these activities. Previous work has made photo capturing without sight easier, however, there is little work that makes photo browsing and sharing blindaccessible. My dissertation research aims at facilitating independence for blind persons to take, organize and share photos through user-centered development of a smartphone application that can be used without sight. The work starts with an investigation of current practices of blind persons in these activities, continued with a review of existing applications, and finally the design and long-term evaluation of the application. Introduction/Motivation Photography is an enjoyed pastime of many blind and visually impaired people [1,2,3], however, due to the visually oriented nature of photography, photographs taken by blind people often are lacking, sometimes missing the photo subject entirely [6]. Furthermore, it is difficult for blind people to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

A blind-friendly photography application for smartphones

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2014 by ACM Inc.
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1558-2337
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10.1145/2591357.2591358
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A Blind-Friendly Photography Application for Smartphones Dustin Adams, Sri Kurniawan University of California, Santa Cruz 1156 High St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060 {duwadams, skurnia}@ucsc.edu Abstract Photography is a visual way to capture a moment in time. Photos can be used for artistic expression, and to remember significant events. Because photo taking, organizing and sharing traditionally requires visual information, those with no or limited sight often have problems with these activities. Previous work has made photo capturing without sight easier, however, there is little work that makes photo browsing and sharing blindaccessible. My dissertation research aims at facilitating independence for blind persons to take, organize and share photos through user-centered development of a smartphone application that can be used without sight. The work starts with an investigation of current practices of blind persons in these activities, continued with a review of existing applications, and finally the design and long-term evaluation of the application. Introduction/Motivation Photography is an enjoyed pastime of many blind and visually impaired people [1,2,3], however, due to the visually oriented nature of photography, photographs taken by blind people often are lacking, sometimes missing the photo subject entirely [6]. Furthermore, it is difficult for blind people to

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jan 1, 2014

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