Visually Impaired: Assistive Technologies, Challenges and Coping Strategies

Judy Estrada

Series: Eye and Vision Research Developments
BISAC: MED064000

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It is well-known that the most common and largely used assistive technology among the visually impaired community is the white cane. Many technologies have been proposed as alternative assistive devices to improve the autonomous mobility of people affected by visual diseases. Nevertheless, whatever is the physical quantity used by these active assistive technologies – mainly ultrasonic or optical sensors – they present many limitations and none of them adequately meets the international guidelines defined for the electronic travel aids and the specific requests coming from the visually impaired community.

The first chapter of this book aims to provide an overview of the existing travel aids for people affected by visual diseases, discussing pros and cons of available technologies. The aim of the next chapter is to convince the reader that solutions based on mobile visual aid systems will answer a critical societal challenge. Chapter Three explores the use of electromagnetic technology in support of visually impaired athlete runners. Chapter Four describes the present state of mobile technologies development taking into consideration the point of view of visually impaired people. Finally, the goal of the concluding chapter is to relate how the audio-description has been produced as a communication accessibility resource.
(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Preface

Chapter 1
Electromagnetic Technology for a New Class of Electronic Travel Aids Supporting the Autonomous Mobility of Visually Impaired People
(Valentina Di Mattia, Lorenzo Scalise, Valerio Petrini, Paola Russo, Alfredo De Leo, Emanuele Pallotta, Adriano Mancini, Primo Zingaretti, Graziano Cerri, Department of Information Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche, Ancona, Italy, and others)

Chapter 2
Digital Content Devices and Augmented Reality for Assisting Low Vision People
(Benoit Froissard, Hubert Konik, Hubert Konik, Laster Technologies, Courtaboeuf Cedex, France, and others)

Chapter 3
The use of the Electromagnetic Technology in Support to Visually Impaired Athletes Runners
(Marco Pieralisi, Valentina Di Mattia, Valerio Petrini, Giovanni Manfredi, Paola Russo, Alfredo De Leo, Lorenzo Scalise and Graziano Cerri, Department of Information Engineering, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Ancona, Italy, and others)

Chapter 4
Designing Mobile Applications for Visually Impaired People
(Krzysztof Dobosz, Institute of Informatics, Silesian University of Technology, Gliwice, Poland)

Chapter 5
The Audio-Description Professional: A Survey about the Convergence of Necessary Knowledge for this Professional
(Gilson Ap. Castadelli, Guilherme Orlandini and Ligia Maria Presumido Bracciali, FIO - Faculdades Integradas de Ourinhos, Unesp-Marília, Marília, SP, Brasil)

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