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ImAc Pilot: Transmedia Catalonia (UAB) and APANAH to collaborate for user testing

ImAc Pilot: Transmedia Catalonia (UAB) and APANAH to collaborate for user testing

The research group Transmedia Catalonia (UAB), part of the ImAc consortium, signed a collaboration agreement last Thursday, 27th February with APANAH, an association from Alicante based in Elda for deaf people and their families. APANAH is a non-profit association, whose main goal is the educational, professional and social integration of deaf people through oral communication. … Continue reading “ImAc Pilot: Transmedia Catalonia (UAB) and APANAH to collaborate for user testing”

Prototype: Integration with Amazon Alexa

Prototype: Integration with Amazon Alexa

When developing tools for accessibility it is essential to ensure that the applications that you build are also fully compatible with other already existing technologies that consumers are already using. A key requirement identified within the ImAc project was the need for voice control. We have therefore built a prototype to demonstrate how existing voice … Continue reading “Prototype: Integration with Amazon Alexa”

H2020 Accessibility Cluster Workshop 5th February 2019

H2020 Accessibility Cluster Workshop 5th February 2019

The coordinators of the ImAc, EasyTV, Content4ALL and SIGN-HUB organized a workshop “Beyond Media and Convergence accessibility cluster: a European perspective on accessibility” in the frame of Accessibility Cluster as part of the Media Convergence and Social Media Concertation Meeting organized by the European Commission. The workshop was jointly organized by the coordinators of the … Continue reading “H2020 Accessibility Cluster Workshop 5th February 2019”

Scenarios, requirements and potential solutions for Audio Subtitles, an ecological access service

Scenarios, requirements and potential solutions for Audio Subtitles, an ecological access service

Subtitles are the most common and versatile accessibility service across broadcast and broadband media services. Subtitles have expanded from between languages to same language subtitles, subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, and verbatim transcriptions. Likewise, subtitles can also become a hybrid access service when generated based on Easy-to-Read guidelines, or when are read … Continue reading “Scenarios, requirements and potential solutions for Audio Subtitles, an ecological access service”

Audio Description for 360° video content

Audio Description for 360° video content

The integration of immersive audio including Audio Description (AD) in 360° video content is a relevant step to enable low-sighted and blind people to enjoy the full experience. To achieve this goal, new ways of producing and delivering the audio content need to be tested and developed. Furthermore, it is key for a good end … Continue reading “Audio Description for 360° video content”

Audio description in 3D audio

A lot of video content focusses on the image with the audio environment defaulting to simple stereo. This could change with the adoption of object-based audio protocols such as Dolby Atmos however which offer a fully immersive 3D audio experience. Object based audio offers several potential accessibility improvements but it’s also important to consider how … Continue reading “Audio description in 3D audio”

ImAc booth and presentation at UN Viena at the ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL”

ImAc booth and presentation at UN Viena at the ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL”

The ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL” is underway in Vienna, Austria, from 12 to 14 December 2018. This regional event for Europe is jointly organized by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and European Commission (EC), and hosted by United Nations Vienna. https://www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/Regional-Presence/Europe/Pages/Events/2018/AE/AccessibleEurope.aspx Accessible Europe is … Continue reading “ImAc booth and presentation at UN Viena at the ITU-EC Forum for Europe on “Accessible Europe: ICT for ALL””

Anglatecnic finalises in November the first phase of the ImAc platform tools for accessibility content production

Anglatecnic finalises in November the first phase of the ImAc platform tools for accessibility content production

The ImAc platform embraces the 360° / VR media, the user requirements (the ImAc project follows a bottom-up approach via a user-centric methodology) and the TTML-based format, but without losing its backward compatibility and interconnection with existing systems. This is important in order to have an effective and smooth introduction of new technologies into the … Continue reading “Anglatecnic finalises in November the first phase of the ImAc platform tools for accessibility content production”

ImAc presented at EDF event

ImAc presented at EDF event

On 16 November, the European Disability Forum (EDF) and Österreichischer Behindertenrat hosted and event on “Using Artificial Intelligence to enhance accessibility – Opportunities and risks of emerging technologies for persons with disabilities”. The aim was to fully explore the potential of emerging technologies. It focused on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and aimed to debate and … Continue reading “ImAc presented at EDF event”