Miele Lab

This innovative team conducts cutting-edge research into accessibility technology for blind and visually-impaired people of all ages. 

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    Audio/Tactile BART Station Maps

    This collaborative project between Smith-Kettlewell and the San Francisco LightHouse applies Smartpen-Based audio/tactile graphics tools to improve orientation and wayfinding by travelers with visual disabilities in and around unfamiliar transit stations.

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  • Audio/Tactile Graphics Using LiveScribe Smartpen

    Active from 2007 to 2010, this project was the first exploration of using a digital smartpen as a platform for creating and presenting audio/tactile graphics – a system of using touch-based audio t

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  • Picture shows person pointing stylus to plastic model of a biological cell; webcam (not pictured) views model and stylus; computer, connected to webcam, announces "Nucleolus"

    CamIO

    CamIO (short for “Camera Input-Output”) is a system to make physical objects (such as documents, maps, devices and 3D models) accessible to blind and visually impaired persons, by providing real-ti

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    Describeathon 2019 Announced!

    Join Describeathon 2019! Help make YouTube videos more accessible to blind viewers by adding your voice to this day of description.

    Use YouDescribe, our free web-based description tool, to describe the visuals of your favorite YouTube videos and have fun doing it!

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    overTHERE

    overTHERE is a virtual Talking Signs iPhone app for blind and visually-impaired pedestrians that demonstrates a powerful audio/haptic interface to location information about businesses and other points of interest.

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  • Remote Real-Time Description (RRTD)

    Remote real-time description (RRTD) is a simple technique that will allow a describer anywhere in the world to provide real-time description for a video stream being viewed by a visually-impa

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  • Tactile Map Automated Production (TMAP)

    Smith-Kettlewell's Tactile Map Automated Production (TMAP) Project was initiated with the goal of developing the first web-based software tool for rapid production of highly specific, tactile street maps of any location in the USA.

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  • Visual-Impairment Research Agenda for Description (VIRAD)

    A systematic road map charting gaps in the quantitative evidence about how description can and should be used to improve video accessibility for the blind.

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  • Wearabraille

    WearaBraille is a research project into wearable computing, and the use of MEMS sensors as novel input technology to mobile devices such as laptops, PDAs and smartphones. Our prototype device funct

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