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New Tool for Deaf-Blind TV =
Viewers
 
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levision-app/.
 
 
An innovative new tool has made it =
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deaf-blind people to enjoy television. The technology compiles subtitles =
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quickly transmits it to braille via an app. The software, PervasiveSUB, =
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subtitles from television programs and sends them to a central server. =
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there, the subtitles are forwarded to smartphones or tablets. Once the =
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are received by a device, they are transmitted to the deaf-blind person =
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braille with the help of an app called GoAll. This device was presented =
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Spain=E2=80=99s Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M). The =
demonstration included=20
deaf-blind people, who showed how the technology works.
 
The tool was developed by researchers =
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university=E2=80=99s Pedro Juan de Lastanosa Institute of Technological =
Development and=20
Promotion of Innovation and financed by Spanish telecommunications =
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Telefonica. The technology has already been introduced on all national =
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Terrestrial Television (DTT) channels and regional DTT channels in =
Madrid, and=20
will soon be available in other regions of Spain.
 
An innovative new tool has made it =
easier for=20
deaf-blind people to enjoy television. The  technology compiles =
subtitles=20
and quickly transmits it to Braille via an app eliminating the =
need  for an=20
intermediary.
The software, PervasiveSUB, gathers =
subtitles=20
from television programs and sends them to a central  server. From =
there,=20
the subtitles are forwarded to smartphones or tablets.
Once the subtitles are received by a =
device,=20
they are transmitted to the deaf-blind person in  Braille with the =
help of=20
an app called GoAll.
The device was  presented  =
at Spain’s=20
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), according to a Thursday press =
release=20
from the  university. The demonstration included deaf-blind persons =
who=20
demonstrated how the technology works.
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azil-match/
 
The new tool has been hailed by those =
who have=20
tried it, according to the statement from the  university.
“All the people who have tried it =
highlight the=20
advantage of being able to access information they  previously =
could not,=20
in real time and without intermediaries, and they have also praised =
its =20
ability to transmit to Braille lines and the ability to adjust the =
reading and=20
viewing speed,” it  states.
The tool was developed by researchers =
at the=20
university’s Pedro Juan de Lastanosa Institute of  Technological=20
Development and Promotion of Innovation and financed by Spanish=20
telecommunications  company, Telefonica.
The leader of the research group that =
developed=20
the software, Garcia Crespo, said the technology is  very needed as =

deaf-blind people are often overlooked. “One of the big problems =
deaf-blind=20
persons  face is the scant attention they receive, which is =
demonstrated by=20
the fact that they weren’t  recognized by the European Parliament =
until=20
2004,” he said.

The technology has already been =
introduced on=20
all national Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT)  channels and =
regional=20
DTT channels in Madrid.
“It will soon be available in the =
other=20
autonomous regions of Spain,” the release states, noting  that the =
research=20
team is providing the service for free to anyone who needs it.
Deaf-blindness is defined as having =
little or no=20
useful sight or hearing. While those suffering  from the condition=20
typically must use an intermediary to explain what is happening on=20
television  screens, PervasiveSUB eliminates that need.
 
 
 
 
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