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Using Online Artificial Vision Services to Assist the Blind - An Assessment of Microsoft Cognitive Services and Google Cloud Vision

The visually impaired must face several well-known difficulties on their daily life. The use of technology in assistive systems can greatly improve their lives by helping with navigation and orientation, for which several approaches and technologies have been proposed. Lately, it has been introduced powerful online image processing services, based on machine learning and deep learning, promising truly cognitive assessment capacities. Google and Microsoft are two of these main players. In this work we built a device to be used by the blind in order to test the usage of the Google and Microsoft services to assist the blind. The online services were tested by researchers in a laboratory environment and by blind users on a large meeting room, familiar to them. This work reports on our findings regarding the online services effectiveness, the user interface and system latency.

Arsénio Reis
INESC TEC and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Dennis Paulino
INESC TEC and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

Vitor Filipe
INESC TEC and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

João Barroso
INESC TEC and University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro
Portugal

 

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