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Conference System for Supporting Deaf Blind's Utterances

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‹{éˆ¤”ü Manabi Miyagi ç—t‘åŠw‘åŠw‰@ Ž©‘R‰ÈŠwŒ¤‹†‰È Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University
¼“c¹Žj Masafumi Nishida ç—t‘åŠw‘åŠw‰@ Ž©‘R‰ÈŠwŒ¤‹†‰È Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University
–x“à–õ—Y Yasuo Horiuchi ç—t‘åŠw‘åŠw‰@ Ž©‘R‰ÈŠwŒ¤‹†‰È Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University
Žsìà” Akira Ichikawa ç—t‘åŠw‘åŠw‰@ Ž©‘R‰ÈŠwŒ¤‹†‰È Graduate School of Science and Technology, Chiba University

ŠT—v/Abstract

In this research, a conference system for deaf blind people was examined. It will help deaf blind people to participate in social communication. Since some deaf blind people have serious impairments in their visual and auditory sensations, they communicate with others using tactile sensation. We focused on finger braille as a real-time interactive media, which is communication means for deaf blind people. It is a communication method approximately equivalent to speech in terms of speed and accuracy. The features (volatility (temporality) and one-dimensional nature) of finger braille were discussed. We have analyzed the features of finger braille. The functions required for supporting deaf blind 's utterance were examined and implemented in the conference system. The validity of the functions was ascertained by an evaluation experiment with a dummy deaf-blind person. As a result, the number of characters in each utterance of a dummy deaf-blind person was increased in our system. The results of a simulated conference confirmed the validity of the proposed system.

ƒL[ƒ[ƒh/Keywords

finger braille, deaf-blind, conference system, Ubitzky

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