January Progress Update
Jan 12, 2018 • Craig Loewen
It’s been 4 months since our team has started this project, and we are ready to show off some major updates!
The goal of our project is to create a way for a visually impaired person to use any touch screen. To this end, we have designed a small wearable, which is in the shape of a ring that fits on your finger. We have also designed an app for your phone, that when pointed at a screen will be able to understand all of the interactable screen elements that are present (such as buttons). By pointing your phone towards the screen and moving over the elements with the wearable, the app is able to determine what you are pointing at, and read the information of the element out to you: such as the text of the button. By moving the wearable over the screen you’ll be able to fully understand the screen’s information and be able to press whatever option you like.
How you’re going to use our device
The setup for the use of the app is demonstrated using the Camera App
What our device will do for you
We aim to have a preliminary demo for the project ready by next week, and will be posting its details to the blog. We plan to judge our prototype based upon these five criteria:
- Cost - Measured in USD
- Usability - Measured by the weight of the wearable in Kilograms
- Accuracy - Measured in percentage of accurately defined elements
- Speed - Measured in how quickly a user can complete a workflow of a touch screen in seconds
- Reliability - Measured in the hours of battery life
Additionally, there has been a lot of behind the scenes engineering. The team has been working hard to sort out the details of how to tackle the complicated problem ahead of us, and have decided upon the design for the project. Currently, we are developing the aforementioned prototype with the aim of using this to gather some user feedback. From there, we can iterate on our design to have a polished product for demo day.
We look forwards to posting more information about our work soon! Stay tuned!