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Utilizing rhythms to read content on mobile devices for blind or visually impaired people

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234175D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for visually impaired people to read on "normal" mobile devices. by listening the rhythms. This method has many advantages compared with current hardware or software solutions, such as small storage size, Low cost, Easy to implement. With this method, visually impaired people can easily understand what the texts are while other people hearing a beautiful rhythm.

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Utilizing rhythms to read content on mobile devices for blind or visually impaired people

It's very difficult for blind or visually impaired people to read on devices with touch screens (ex: iPhone, iPad). Nowadays, there are many solutions proposed to solve this problem in hardware perspective. It is still unavailable for blind people to read contents on NORMAL devices with touch screens, except for the method to speak out the word for blind people. However, to speak the words out, a database stored with lots of voice files mapped to the words is needed, which requires huge storage size for this solution. Storage size is very limited in smart phones and tablets. Thus, we proposed a method to utilize rhythms to read content on mobile devices for blind or visually impaired people.

In all, proposed solution has the following advantages:


1. Small storage size: Only a word - Braille system converter DB and 6 voice files needed


2. No customized hardware needed: Just a NORMAL mobile device with proposed smart reader application is enough


3. Easy to implement: Just need 2 more components to merge into the original system
In this solution, blind or visually impaired people can read contents on devices with touch screens. First, of all, the basic knowledge is that each character in Braille system consists of 6 dots. Thus, 6 solfege syllables are defined for these 6 dots, ex: do, re, mi.... When users touch a certain word on touch screen, they can hear the chord, which map...