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Picture This: An App For Blind Photographers

A new app allows someone who is visually impaired not only to recognize their photos, but also to organize them and even share their shots through social media.

University of California, Santa Cruz UC graduate student Dustin Adams has developed an app that helps the visually impaired recognize their photos, organize them, and share their photos through social media.

Credit: Carolyn Lagattuta

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researcher Justin Adams has developed VizSnap, a smartphone application that enables visually-impaired users to recognize their photos and to organize and share them through social media.

VizSnap lets a user make an audio recording of the environment in which the photo is being taken in order to help identify the shot. The app also records the data, time, and location, while enabling the photographer to add a voice memo about the captured image.

The app won first prize in the design competition at the MobileHCI conference two years ago, as well as second prize at the Big Ideas @ Berkeley competition.

Adams is still improving the app and is looking for more users for a long-term study with the technology.

Meanwhile, other UCSC researchers are developing a video game to help children with corrected cleft palates and lips learn to speak more clearly. The researchers also are developing an app that enables those with visual impairments to independently format documents, and a special glove that can ease the symptoms of those with hand tremors.

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