Researchers have invented a technique that types Braille in real time and helps deaf and blind people know whats going-on on television without mediator. PervasiveSUB Project by Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. PervasiveSUB works by compiling the subtitles of television channels and is then uploaded to a central server which analysis and then sends them back to smartphones or tablets.
From the central server they are transmitted to the Braille line of the deaf-blind person making use of an app. This makes it possible to control the speed of the subtitles that are received directly from the TV channel they are interested in.
PervasiveSUB was financed by Spanish broadband and telecommunications provider Telefonica.
“At Telefonica we endeavour to become a more accessible company and that way contribute to equal opportunities for all. And although we still have a long way to go, the new inclusive technologies and the digital revolution are the best means to help us get there,” Arancha DAaz-Llado, director of Telefonica’s Sustainable Innovation, said in a statement.
Testing has been successful and national and regional Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) channels in Madrid have already made use of the technology. The research team is now rendering this service free of charge to anyone who needs it.