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New Tool for Deaf-Blind TV = Viewers
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An innovative new tool has made it = easier for=20 deaf-blind people to enjoy television. The technology compiles subtitles = and=20 quickly transmits it to braille via an app. The software, PervasiveSUB, = gathers=20 subtitles from television programs and sends them to a central server. = From=20 there, the subtitles are forwarded to smartphones or tablets. Once the = subtitles=20 are received by a device, they are transmitted to the deaf-blind person = in=20 braille with the help of an app called GoAll. This device was presented = at=20 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 = at the=20 university=E2=80=99s Pedro Juan de Lastanosa Institute of Technological = Development and=20 Promotion of Innovation and financed by Spanish telecommunications = company,=20 Telefonica. The technology has already been introduced on all national = Digital=20 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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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.