University of California PhD students develop a photo app that give audio clues to those who are not able to see.

Dustin Adams, a PhD student from the University of California in Sta. Cruz, and his teammates have developed a camera app specifically for the visually impaired. The app provides audio instructions to a visually impaired person to help him/her focus the camera and take a good picture.

Adams and his team–who all work at the Interactive Systems for Individuals with Special Needs (ISIS) Lab–ran a survey among 54 respondents  between the ages of 18 and 78 and asked about the difficulties they encounter when taking photos with a camera. The respondents had varying degrees of visual impairment–some were completely blind, some were partially blind, and some had a degree of light perception.

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