New technology allows deaf-blind to “watch” TV without intermediaries
Scientists have developed new, ground-breaking software that allows hearing- and visually-impaired people to enjoy television content in real time without any intermediaries.
* The software, PervasiveSUB, compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server which forwards them to smartphones or tablets.
* They are sent to the Braille line of the hearing-visually impaired person using an app that is compatible with different Braille lines and makes it possible to control the speed of the subtitles that are captured directly from the TV broadcast in perfect synchronisation.
* The software, developed by researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and Federation of Deaf-Blind Persons Associations (FASOCIDE) in Spain, was tested by a group of such disabled users.
* The hearing- and visually-impaired people now able to access information they previously could not, in real time and without intermediaries.
* Its ability to transmit to Braille lines and the ability to adjust the reading and viewing speed.
* Visually and hearing-impaired persons suffer a combined deterioration of sight and hearing, which impedes their access to information, communication and mobility in a way that seriously affects every day abilities necessary for a minimally independent life.
* This is why they require specialised services, personnel trained specifically to care for them and special methods of communication.
* To interact with their surroundings, they need the constant presence of an interpreter through whom any visual or auditory stimuli must pass.
* The technology has already been implemented on various Spanish channels in Madrid, and it will soon be available in the other autonomous regions of Spain