Phone App for the Blind' Lets Them 'see' Through Crowd Sourced Answers

by Kathy Jones on  May 13, 2011 at 9:16 PM News on IT in Healthcare
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It is clear that people blessed with eyesight can tell at a glance if their clothes match before an important job interview, read their mail, understand menus in restaurants, check expiration dates and interpret street signs.
 Phone App for the Blind' Lets Them 'see' Through Crowd Sourced Answers
Phone App for the Blind' Lets Them 'see' Through Crowd Sourced Answers

But blind people face a number of challenges when interacting with their environment because so much information is encoded visually.

To get around this, a team consisting of computer scientists from several universities, including the University of Rochester - decided to outsource the task of problem-solving to people: specifically, to Amazon Mechanical Turk's masses of online workers, reports New Scientist.

They have developed VizWiz, a mobile application that allows users to identify objects based on human intelligence.

Visually impaired users can take a photo, record a question about the photo, and then crowd sourced answers are received.

The app owes its swiftness and accuracy to a marriage of computer chips and good old-fashioned human brainpower.

Source: ANI

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