Wednesday 17 September 2014

Google Glass Apps for blind and visually impaired

Often a revolutionary product comes along and sweeps the market and pushing the boundaries of software to keep up with the pace of it. Google glass is such. Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands.

The application offers interesting features which can be scaled to visually challenged and impaired users. Glass has voice input and voice output. Some of the voice input commands offer the possibility of a follow-up voice input or voice command. Others need input through the touchpad . An example of additional voice input is ‘ok glass, google’. After saying ‘ok glass’ and ‘google’, the screen shows a microphone and prompts you to say what you are searching. While you speak, Glass types your text on the screen.

Here are the list apps that are on trial right now.
1. Wear-Script, allows blind and visually impaired users to use Google Glass to take a picture with a question attached, which is sent to "the cloud" for answers from sighted respondents via Twitter or Amazon.

2. Memento, automatically recites notes when the blind or visually impaired user faces, or looks at, a recognizable scene.

3. Eyebridge is a free apps in which the smartphone camera is linked to a call centre in the Philippines and is paid for by the minute.

4.  Navatar is an indoor navigation system that was specifically designed to allow for large scale deployment as the navigation systems require accurate localization

Despite the existence of wearable cameras on the market that communicate smartphone, there’s not been a wearable one on the market yet with open APIs for this developer to take advantage of. I am excited to see such tangible development and a new dimension to the use of google glass. Google has all the right information that can be put together to make the life of specially abled much easier, I guess its just the matter of time.

Srivatsan Aravamudan

Srivatsan Aravamudan

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