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Portable form filling assistant for the visually impaired

Peng, En, Peursum, Patrick, Li, Ling and Venkatesh, Svetha 2010, Portable form filling assistant for the visually impaired, in HCI 2010 : Proceedings of the 24th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction : Play is a serious business, British Computer Society, Swindon, U. K., pp. 269-277.

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Title Portable form filling assistant for the visually impaired
Author(s) Peng, En
Peursum, Patrick
Li, Ling
Venkatesh, SvethaORCID iD for Venkatesh, Svetha orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-6631
Conference name British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (24th : 2010 : Dundee, U. K.)
Conference location Dundee, U. K.
Conference dates 6-10 Sep. 2010
Title of proceedings HCI 2010 : Proceedings of the 24th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction : Play is a serious business
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Start page 269
End page 277
Total pages 9
Publisher British Computer Society
Place of publication Swindon, U. K.
Keyword(s) visual marker design
visual marker recognition
mobile devices
mobile HCI
fiducial recognition
user studies
Summary The filling of printed forms has always been an issue for the visually impaired. Though optical character recognition technology has helped many blind people to ‘read’ the world, there is not a single device that allows them to fill out a paper-based form without a human assistant. The task of filling forms is however an essential part of their daily lives, for example, for access to social security or benefits. This paper describes a solution that allows a blind person to complete paper-based forms, pervasively and independently, using only off-the-shelf equipment including a Smartphone, a clipboard with sliding ruler, and a ballpoint pen. A dynamic color fiduciary (point of reference) marker is designed so that it can be moved by the user to any part of the form such that all regions can be “visited”. This dynamic color fiduciary marker is robust to camera focus and partial occlusion, allowing flexibility in handling the Smartphone with embedded camera. Feedback is given to the blind user via both voice and tone to facilitate efficient guidance in filling out the form. Experimental results have shown that this prototype can help visually impaired people to fill out a form independently.
ISBN 9781780171302
Language eng
Field of Research 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2010, British Computer Society
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044797

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