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Innovative software allows deaf-blind persons to enjoy television content without intermediaries – News

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Telefónica and FASOCIDE (the Spanish acronym for the Federation of Deaf-Blind Persons Associations) presented the PervasiveSUB technology, ground-breaking software which allows deaf-blind persons to receive and enjoy television content without intermediaries at the same time as the people around them.

PervasiveSUB compiles all the subtitles of television channels and sends them to a central server which forwards them to smartphones or tablets. From there, they are sent to the Braille line of the deaf-blind person thanks to the GoAll app, which integrates the software, is compatible with different Braille lines and makes it possible to control the speed of the subtitles that are captured directly from the TV broadcast in perfect synchronization.

The presentation, which took place at the UC3M Madrid-Puerta de Toledo campus, was attended by ángel García Crespo, a UC3M professor and  director of the project; Arancha Díaz-Lladó, the director of Telefónica’s Sustainable Innovation; and Francisco José Trigueros Molina, the president of FASOCIDE. Also in attendance was a group of deaf-blind persons who gave a demonstration of how this technology works.

PervasiveSUB, financed by Telefónica, was developed by the research group at the UC3M Pedro Juan de LastanosaInstitute of Technological Development and Promotion of Innovation. García Crespo, who headed the group, stated that “one of the big problems deaf-blind persons face is the scant attention they receive, which is demonstrated by the fact that they weren’t recognized by the European Parliament until 2004.”

Díaz-Lladó said, “At Telefónica we endeavor to become a more accessible company and that way contribute to equal opportunities for all. And although we still have a long way to go, the new inclusive technologies and the digital revolution are the best means to help us get there.”

A group of deaf-blind users from FASOCIDE was asked to try this innovative software in Spain

Article source: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20170519/Innovative-software-allows-deaf-blind-persons-to-enjoy-television-content-without-intermediaries.aspx

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