Chieko Asakawa: How new technology helps blind people explore the world
Chieko Asakawa - Visionary inventor
Dr. Chieko Asakawa invents technology to make the visually impaired more independent. Full bio
many things that I can't do
to have a bit of help
for the first time.
and I can play many sports,
scuba diving, running and so on.
in a swimming pool accident.
was losing my independence.
became almost impossible to do alone.
challenges was textbooks.
to read me textbooks,
my own books in Braille.
were not happy about it,
whenever I needed them.
from relying on someone.
to ignite innovation.
must be able to also help people
my innovation journey began.
digital book technologies,
digital Braille dictionary
impaired can read textbooks,
and mobile devices,
in their tablets in 2015.
many years before digital books,
almost 30 years ago.
of the blind people
digital books way back then.
the first time this happened,
accessibility ignites innovation.
while developing a communication tool
to help people with disabilities.
another example from my own life.
started talking about the Internet
I went on the web.
at any time and every day.
for any information by myself.
people have access to the Internet,
into synthesized voice,
the user interface.
the Home Page Reader in 1997,
translated into 11 languages.
is a small window to the world."
for the blind.
for the blind has many uses,
to a recipe while cooking.
the stage just now, I needed assistance.
and do things that are simple to you.
the latest technologies.
that we are working on.
to the door, and keep straight.
The door is on your right.
You look so happy.
just got accepted.
it was me, and that I look happy?
but on his phone.
take apple instead of chocolate.
and smartphone sensors
indoor and outdoor environments
that showed who is approaching,
working on that part.
is very important for me to be social.
are ready to help me
or sends a vibration to my fingers.
missing or weakened abilities --
a classroom on campus,
while walking along a street.
on the street before you notice me.
that needs collaboration,
an open community
the open-source fundamental technologies
this technical frontier
to explore the new era,
About the speaker:Chieko Asakawa - Visionary inventor
Dr. Chieko Asakawa invents technology to make the visually impaired more independent.
Why you should listen
Dr. Chieko Asakawa is an IBM Fellow who has been instrumental in furthering accessibility research and development for the past three decades. Challenging thinking on visually impaired technology usage, she leads the development in advancing web accessibility including digital Braille and voice browsers.
The government of Japan awarded the 2013 Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon to Dr. Asakawa for her outstanding contributions to accessibility research, including the development of a voice browser for the visually impaired. Today, with Carnegie Mellon University, she is working on how accessibility technologies can play a key role in the real world to help create opportunities for more people to actively participate in the society.
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