Recent News

Lee Stearns and the HandSight project were featured in the Big Ten Network's news site, in an article titled "How Maryland researchers are improving reading for the visually impaired: BTN LiveBIG".

The HandSight project was recently featured in PC Magazine. The article described our work in using a finger-mounted camera to read printed text.

Quote:
A group of scientists at the University of Maryland have come up with a novel solution to the problem of allowing the visually impaired to read.

The team, led by assistant professor of computer science Jon Froehlich, developed a device that allows blind people to read text without the aid of braille, which isn't always available.

Read more at pcmag.com:
PC Magazine: Fingertip Camera Reads to the Blind

The HandSight project was recently featured in New Scientist, a British science and technology magazine. The article described our work in using a finger-mounted camera to read printed text.

New Scientist: Tiny fingertip camera helps blind people read without braille

Lee Stearns presented the HandSight team's work at the ASSETS 2016 conference, held in Reno, Nevada this year. The presentation covered our recently published TACCESS journal article titled "Evaluating Haptic And Auditory Directional Guidance To Assist Blind People In Reading Printed Text Using Finger-Mounted Cameras."

Publications

TouchCam: Realtime Recognition of Location-Specific On-Body Gestures to Support Users with Visual Impairments

Lee Stearns  Uran Oh  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

ACM IMWUT December 2017

Recognizing Clothing Colors and Visual Textures Using a Finger-Mounted Camera: An Initial Investigation

Alexander Medeiros  Lee Stearns  Chuan Chen  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

Augmented Reality Magnification for Low Vision Users with the Microsoft Hololens and a Finger-Worn Camera

Lee Stearns  Victor De Souza  Jessica Yin  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

Investigating Microinteractions for People With Visual Impairments and the Potential Role of on-Body Interaction

Uran Oh  Lee Stearns  Alisha Pradhan  Jon E. Froehlich  Leah Findlater 

Proceedings of ASSETS 2017

Localization of Skin Features on the Hand and Wrist From Small Image Patches

Lee Stearns  Uran Oh  Bridget Cheng  Leah Findlater  David Ross  Rama Chellappa  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ICPR 2016

Evaluating Haptic and Auditory Directional Guidance to Assist Blind People in Reading Printed Text Using Finger-Mounted Cameras

Lee Stearns  Ruofei Du  Uran Oh  Catherine Jou  Leah Findlater  David Ross  Jon E. Froehlich 

ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS) 2016

Evaluating Angular Accuracy of Wrist-based Haptic Directional Guidance for Hand Movement

Jonggi Hong  Lee Stearns  Tony Cheng  Jon E. Froehlich  David Ross  Leah Findlater 

Proceedings of GI 2016

Supporting Everyday Activities for Persons with Visual Impairments Through Computer Vision-Augmented Touch

Leah Findlater  Lee Stearns  Ruofei Du  Uran Oh  David Ross  Rama Chellappa  Jon E. Froehlich 

Poster Proceedings of ASSETS 2015

The Design and Preliminary Evaluation of a Finger-Mounted Camera and Feedback System to Enable Reading of Printed Text for the Blind

Lee Stearns  Ruofei Du  Uran Oh  Yumeng Wang  Rama Chellappa  Leah Findlater  Jon E. Froehlich 

Proceedings of ACVR 2014

Talks

Interactive Computational Tools for Accessibility

Meethu Malu Ladan Najafizadeh Uran Oh Manaswi Saha Lee Stearns

Nov. 7, 2016 College Park, Maryland

Evaluating Haptic and Auditory Guidance to Assist Blind People in Reading Printed Text Using Finger-Mounted Cameras

Lee Stearns

Oct. 26, 2016 Reno, Nevada