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From: Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe
Date: Nov 25, 2010 3:18AM


Hi,
This was just a first cut of information gathering. So I did not put it online.
And really sorry for using "RS" for currency. RS stands for "Indian National Rupee"
Anyways thanks for your response.
Thanks
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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Birkir Rúnar Gunnarsson
Sent: Thursday, November 25, 2010 3:11 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] pls respond: survey about mobile solution for visually challenged

If this is a serious project, why not make it look a bit more
professional and put it on a web page where survey results can be
recorded (this suvey looks confusing and like very little work went
into it)?
What is RS, I have no idea what currency it is, please use currency
appropriate to the audience.
I do not think creating some specific device just for the blind is the
way to go, and I have problems seeing this kind of device having all
these features as well as being low cost. Also keyboard and large
screen together will make the device too large, in my opinion.
Much better to modify existing phone and put efforts into one of the
Android screen readers, for instance.
There is no need to reinvent the wheel, plus it is costly.
I think what is missing today is a very low cost, very simple phone
that is not a smart phone and people can use to make phone calls, use
caller id and, may be, texting, nothing else. Elderly folks would
benefit and want this, plus developing country people who really do
need an affordable, accessible device.

eSpeak is free, open source, and fairly decent quality, so porting it
to an inexpensive phone platform would be a simple and effective
solution.
For the other stuff you asked for, the iPhone is perfect, it need one
or two extra buttons to simplify very basic operations, like answering
a phone call, but apart from that they've done an excellent job and
have all the features I can think of in a great package.
Thanks
-B

On 11/25/10, Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Sorry, this may be off-topic, but sending the questions to list to reach
> target user community.
> You may circulate the questions within your network if appropriate.
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> Hi all,
> I am researching on a mobile solution for visually challenged and elderly,
> in the same context gathering some data. Just pasting the questions in the
> mail. Pls respond.
> If you can not tick the checkboxes for any reason, Pls put a '*' before the
> option you wish to select.
> Thanks
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> Assistive Technology Questionnaire
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> Overview
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> Please give your responses with regard to a low cost mobile phone hand held
> device which will improve the lives of differently abled as well as aged
> people. The device will have the optimal user interface and interaction
> mechanism to cut across age, gender, economic as well as language barriers.
> The device will have features such as multi modal interface, GPS based
> navigational help, proximity sensors, multi-lingual voice recognition, text
> to speech support for local languages, peer to peer support, gesture based
> user friendly interfaces, health management etc.
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> User Profile
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> Age
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> Sex
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> Type of disability
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> Total Blindness Partial Blindness Colour Blindness
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> Hearing related disability Motor Disability Cognitive Disability
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> Others: _________________
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> Annual Household Income
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> < Rs100,000 Rs 100,000 - 300,000
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> Rs 300,000 - 500,000 Rs 500,000 - 700,000
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> > 700,000 Do not want to disclose
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> 1. Which tasks do you need help with, and how frequently do you need
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> 2. Which types of assistive technology will enable you to be most
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> 3. Is there a more advanced device that addresses more than one of your
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> 4. Which kinds of assistive technology are available that meets your
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> 5. Which types of assistive technology have you used before, and how
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> 6. Do you wish to use assistive technologies?
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> Product features
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> Which of the following assistive features would you expect in your mobile
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> Global Positioning System based navigational help for directions
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> Proximity sensors,
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> Multi-lingual speech recognition
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> Text to speech support for local languages
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> Peer to peer support
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> Gesture based user friendly interfaces
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> Call center support
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> Applications such as Banking, Retail, Health Management, Emergency guidance,
> Weather, Community connect
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> Contextual alerts and reminders
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> Accessible keypad with large alphabets and numerals
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> Display screen friendly for low vision users
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> Accelerometer to measure linear acceleration
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> Proximity sensor to detect nearby objects
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> FM radio for local news, entertainment, alerts
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> 6 basic keys for Dial/Answer, Disconnect, GPS, Proximity sensor, Text to
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> Gyroscope to measure acceleration, shake, vibration shock, or fall
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> Digital compass (magnetometer), to detect direction
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> Product pricing
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> How much are you willing to spend for a mobile phone which has the above
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> Rs. 3000-4000 Rs. 4000-5000
> Rs. 5000-6000
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> Rs. 6000-7000 Rs. 7000-8000
> >Rs. 8000
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> What is the value you will associate for a mobile phone assistive device?
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> Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe
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