VizWiz: Nearly real-time answers to visual questions

Jeffrey P. Bigham, Chandrika Jayant, Hanjie Ji, Greg Little, Andrew Miller, Robert C. Miller, Aubrey Tatarowicz, Brandyn White, Samuel White, Tom Yeh

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Abstract

Visual information pervades our environment. Vision is used to decide everything from what we want to eat at a restaurant and which bus route to take to whether our clothes match and how long until the milk expires. Individually, the inability to interpret such visual information is a nuisance for blind people who often have effective, if inefficient, work-arounds to overcome them. Collectively, however, they can make blind people less independent. Specialized technology addresses some problems in this space, but automatic approaches cannot yet answer the vast majority of visual questions that blind people may have. VizWiz addresses this shortcoming by using the Internet connections and cameras on existing smartphones to connect blind people and their questions to remote paid workers' answers. VizWiz is designed to have low latency and low cost, making it both competitive with expensive automatic solutions and much more versatile.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationW4A 2010 - International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Raleigh 2010
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 16 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, W4A 2010 - Raleigh, NC, United States
Duration: Apr 26 2010Apr 27 2010

Publication series

NameW4A 2010 - International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Raleigh 2010

Other

OtherInternational Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, W4A 2010
CountryUnited States
CityRaleigh, NC
Period4/26/104/27/10

Keywords

  • blind users
  • collaborative accessibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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    Bigham, J. P., Jayant, C., Ji, H., Little, G., Miller, A., Miller, R. C., Tatarowicz, A., White, B., White, S., & Yeh, T. (2010). VizWiz: Nearly real-time answers to visual questions. In W4A 2010 - International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Raleigh 2010 [1806020] (W4A 2010 - International Cross Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility Raleigh 2010). https://doi.org/10.1145/1805986.1806020