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Vassilis Giannakopoulos
PROJECT: i can see - icsee

Low-vision : smartphone : android :

About the project:
ICSee is an application for android smartphones / tablets, which processes the image/video of the device’s camera in real time, applies a series of filters and shows on screen a result that is easier to be read or recognized.

The Problem:
Reading a menu at a restaurant, a sign, or trying to understand which bell to ring, are for most of us ordinary daily routines. But for severely visually impaired people, these can be really hard to deal situations. Existing solutions are very expensive. So we asked ourselves: Why can’t there be a simple tool to offer them real assistance for free? We developed and constantly improve an innovative application called ICSee, that runs on small portable devices (smartphones, tablets) and makes reading and object identification easier. Simple, conveniently and always available!

The Solution:
ICSee is an application for android smartphones / tablets, which processes the image/video of the device’s camera in real time, applies a series of filters and shows on screen a result that is easier to be read or recognized. This way, whoever owns an android smartphone or a tablet, can have a free solution for his/her problem. Use: The users just point the camera of their smartphone/tablet towards where they want to have a better view of, and see on their screen a processed, clearer image for them. This way, they have the ability to read a small text (like the bill or a restaurant menu, the taximeter fare, a name on a bell). -------Description of the solution------- How does ICSee work? ICSee applies special filters to the real-time image taken from the camera of the smartphone/ tablet, making identifying indiscernible objects and texts easier. You just direct the camera of your device to the point you want and… that was it! The app processes the image on the screen according to your needs, and provides in real time an image that is easier to see! You can increase the contrast, focus, change filters until you find the one that suits you best. Additionally, you can capture the current image by holding your finger on the screen until the capturing audio clip has been sound and zoom in and out on the captured image. In order to return to the live-preview functionality, just hold your finger on the screen until you hear the sound, or simply press “Back”. The app automatically remembers the last filter you used to capture an image so it starts from that one. Auditory Interface: Audio tutorial guides you through the app in English or Greek based on your device language, and sound signals to inform you when you apply a new filter, freeze or unfreeze the image. Tip: It’s always good to have a person without visual impairments to help you the first time you use ICSee. This will dramatically improve the user experience. -------Affordability and replicability------- ICSee is available to download for free at the Play store. The app is available in two languages (English and Greek), for android devices. We even made it very easy for other developers to add more languages, as described in GitHub. Therefore, we tackled the replicability issue in 2 ways: 1) anyone can download it and use it for free without needing to do anything else, and 2) we made it easy for the community to create new versions of the app in other languages.


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