Tag Archives: app

Crowdsourcing for the Blind

*Disclaimer: temporarily switching research projects

Thanks to the above disclaimer, you should now be aware that this post will not relate to the technology use of older adults. I will write up the findings of this project soon enough. However, now I am working on a project to crowdsource fashion advice for blind and low-vision people. I am working with Michele Burton to develop and test a new instance of  VizWiz, an iPhone app that helps this unique population identify objects.

Instead of asking to identify any object, they are specifically asking for colors of shirts/pants/shoes, how to assemble a matching ensemble, and for the words on their favorite t-shirt. 

More to come soon!

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HCI that saves lives

A U.S. citizen, an aid worker whose doing work at the time of the earthquake in Haiti, downloaded an i-phone app while he was stuck in the rubble which eventually saved his life.

This app told him to NOT fall asleep. Therefore he set the alarm on his phone to wake him up every 20 minutes. By the time his battery was about to die, he has already trained himself to only sleep for very short periods of time.

HCI-ers keep up the good work! Keep thinking of ideas that can positively impact the world.

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