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Instant tactile-audio map: enabling access to digital maps for people with visual impairment

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Instant tactile-audio map: enabling access to digital maps for people with visual impairment
In this paper, we propose an automatic approach, complete with a prototype system, for supporting instant access to maps for local navigation by people with visual impairment. The approach first detects and segments texts from a map image and recreates the remaining graphical parts in a tactile form which can be reproduced immediately through a tactile printer. Then, it generates an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) file, which integrates both text and graphical information. The tactile hardcopy and the SVG file together are used to provide a user with interactive access to the map image through a touchpad, resulting in a tactile-audio representation of the original input image. This supports real-time access to the map without tedious conversion by a sighted professional. Evaluations with six users who are blind show that the created tactile-audio maps from our prototype system convey the most important map information and are deemed as potentially useful for local navigation. Categorie...
Zheshen Wang, Baoxin Li, Terri Hedgpeth, Teresa Ha
Added 28 May 2010
Updated 28 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2009
Where ASSETS
Authors Zheshen Wang, Baoxin Li, Terri Hedgpeth, Teresa Haven
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