VizWiz::LocateIt - enabling blind people to locate objects in their environment

TitleVizWiz::LocateIt - enabling blind people to locate objects in their environment
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsBigham JP, Jayant C, Miller A, White B, Tom Yeh
Conference NameComputer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2010 IEEE Computer Society Conference on
Date Published2010/06//
ISBN Number978-1-4244-7029-7

Blind people face a number of challenges when interacting with their environments because so much information is encoded visually. Text is pervasively used to label objects, colors carry special significance, and items can easily become lost in surroundings that cannot be quickly scanned. Many tools seek to help blind people solve these problems by enabling them to query for additional information, such as color or text shown on the object. In this paper we argue that many useful problems may be better solved by directly modeling them as search problems, and present a solution called VizWiz::LocateIt that directly supports this type of interaction. VizWiz::LocateIt enables blind people to take a picture and ask for assistance in finding a specific object. The request is first forwarded to remote workers who outline the object, enabling efficient and accurate automatic computer vision to guide users interactively from their existing cellphones. A two-stage algorithm is presented that uses this information to guide users to the appropriate object interactively from their phone.