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January 29, 2018

Waterloo students create WatVision to help visually impaired to read touch screen

The Waterloo student teams create products in their fourth year and I was impressed with my son and his group - WatVision. 
Their product is to help visually impaired people read a touch screen. The idea developed as a visually impaired person talked about how the new coffee maker at work had a touch screen which he could not use, unlike the old coffee machine.  
This product has been created to help a visually impaired person use a touch screen. Check out the video.

The video shows Craig demoing how to use our system. Here is a breakdown of how he did it.
  1. Start the app and point your phone camera at the touch screen you are trying to use
  2. Listen to the app, it will guide you to aim the camera at the entire screen. It will give commands such as “Move Left” or “Move Up” to help the user capture the whole screen.
  3. Place the finger wearing the ring on the touch screen and begin exploring!
That’s all it takes, let the app do the reading for you. When your finger moves over text or buttons, the app reads out what its for so you as the user can decide whether you want to use it or not.
Interesting in trying it?
We are looking for participants to try out the system and give us feedback as we continue to develop. If you or someone you know has a visual impairment and would be interested in trying out the Watvision system, contact us at watvisionteam@gmail.com.

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