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Uh Manoa Field Testing Mobile App For Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park


User testing of the UniD mobile app in Yosemite.

Researchers at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa took part in a project that brought 26 blind and visually impaired people to Yosemite National Park in California for user testing of the UniD mobile app.

Credit: Jamie Gibson-Barrows

Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa) recently conducted a user test of the UniD mobile app, which is designed to make brochures at national parks accessible to the visually impaired.

The researchers brought 26 blind and visually impaired people to Yosemite National Park and tested the new audio description of the park's brochure featured in the app.

The UniD app contains audio descriptions of more than 50 National Park Service brochures, including Everglades National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, and the Washington Monument.

The UH Manoa researchers started the UniDescription project in the fall of 2014 as a way to improve and encourage better audio description, which is the translation of visual media, such as photographs and maps, into acoustic media. The goal of the project is to audio-describe all of the more than 400 park sites throughout the U.S.

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