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Signing recognition and Cloud bring advances for inclusion

Signing recognition and Cloud bring advances for inclusion
Signing recognition and Cloud bring advances for inclusion
Purpose
– The paper's aim is to focus on: two projects that investigated innovative assistive technology solutions for people who sign (uKinect) and people with print impairments (MyDocStore); and a second phase that aims to create working prototypes for commercialisation.

Design/methodology/approach
– The approach was, in part, determined by the funding stages. In proof of concept phase, the organisations explored possibilities, identified barriers and, through user testing and feedback, refined processes. Trials are set to continue in Phase 2, when both projects will extend and improve functionality. uKinect applies gesture recognition and Microsoft's Kinect to the communication needs of Makaton sign language users. MyDocStore uses Cloud, desktop and mobile‐based file management to facilitate transfer of text files, converted into the user's preferred format, between devices. Both employ user‐centred development.

Findings
– uKinect helped signing learners to improve the clarity of their signing, while its linking of signing with computer games encouraged non‐signing students to decide to learn. MyDocStore demonstrated the possibility of automatic conversions and identified the benefits of such a system.

Practical implications
– uKinect will accommodate varying levels of signing ability. MyDocStore will enable educational establishments to provide a variety of alternative formats simultaneously.

Social implications
– uKinect aims to aid the transition into independent living and employment for Makaton users with learning difficulties and autism. MyDocStore's emphasis on mobile technology, automated conversions and multi‐platforms will make print‐impaired learners more independent and productive.

Originality/value
– The paper shows that both systems use easily available, existing technology to provide accessible solutions for the target communities.
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James, Abi
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James, Abi
861b6a52-1b90-42ca-8aa8-632ca2784079

James, Abi (2012) Signing recognition and Cloud bring advances for inclusion. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 6 (2), 152-157. (doi:10.1108/17549451211234993).

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Abstract

Purpose
– The paper's aim is to focus on: two projects that investigated innovative assistive technology solutions for people who sign (uKinect) and people with print impairments (MyDocStore); and a second phase that aims to create working prototypes for commercialisation.

Design/methodology/approach
– The approach was, in part, determined by the funding stages. In proof of concept phase, the organisations explored possibilities, identified barriers and, through user testing and feedback, refined processes. Trials are set to continue in Phase 2, when both projects will extend and improve functionality. uKinect applies gesture recognition and Microsoft's Kinect to the communication needs of Makaton sign language users. MyDocStore uses Cloud, desktop and mobile‐based file management to facilitate transfer of text files, converted into the user's preferred format, between devices. Both employ user‐centred development.

Findings
– uKinect helped signing learners to improve the clarity of their signing, while its linking of signing with computer games encouraged non‐signing students to decide to learn. MyDocStore demonstrated the possibility of automatic conversions and identified the benefits of such a system.

Practical implications
– uKinect will accommodate varying levels of signing ability. MyDocStore will enable educational establishments to provide a variety of alternative formats simultaneously.

Social implications
– uKinect aims to aid the transition into independent living and employment for Makaton users with learning difficulties and autism. MyDocStore's emphasis on mobile technology, automated conversions and multi‐platforms will make print‐impaired learners more independent and productive.

Originality/value
– The paper shows that both systems use easily available, existing technology to provide accessible solutions for the target communities.

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Published date: 2012

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Local EPrints ID: 412451
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412451
PURE UUID: 31d5be91-fd83-4fce-8c5c-9011fa7cecc6

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Date deposited: 17 Jul 2017 13:47
Last modified: 07 Jan 2022 22:40

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Author: Abi James

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