Tag Archives: Assistive Technology

New Cloud4all videos on YouTube!

Check out our latest videos, explaining how Cloud4all can benefit users with different needs:

  • Cloud4all behind the scenes: How personalisation works for Alicia“: Alicia is a 78-year old immigrant who started experiencing macular degeneration. She’s never liked technology and is having increasing difficulty with it.  However, as she is losing her vision – she finds that she has to figure out how to use technology or lose her access to information. Last time she went to her therapist, the therapist introduced her to a screen reader to read things aloud when she can’t read them. She still prefers to read, and uses the screen reader only when she needs to.  Mostly it is too complicated to move about the screen with the screen reader. Even when she can see the screen – it is often too confusing for her. To keep sharp and informed, she resolved to read an online international newspaper daily but she gets lost with all the information, links and banners; and the Black-on-White text tires her eyes a lot.
  • Cloud4all behind the scenes: How personalisation works for Bob“: Bob is losing his sight lately. He prefers to use “regular” configuration for Windows (with just the cursor being enlarged) and move his face close to the screen to read as much as possible. However, it does not work everywhere or with all devices. Light conditions, the screen size, its angle, the kind of content or his fatigue greatly affect his ability to read the screen. When this happens, he finds that he needs different Windows features turned on and configured even during the same day and on the same device. He is never sure which one will work in each situation though.

You can check all Cloud4all videos at our Media section.

Check out the latest Cloud4all report

Cloud4all has recently launched its latest report: “D5.0 Cloud4all description and innovation”

This document presents comprehensively and sharply the results of Cloud4all from different perspectives: main innovations, users’ view, the Cloud4all engine, developers’ view and scientific approach. All the contents is also scattered throughout this website.

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$20 million grant powers the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure

A global effort to create a new computer ecosystem that is easily accessible to people with disabilities, senior citizens and others with special needs is set to become reality through a $20 million federal grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The five-year project will develop and deploy the first operational version of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) in a large-scale pilot test. This new infrastructure will be accessed via the Internet, allowing people who have difficulty using today’s technology to select and configure the assistive features and settings needed to enable their use of the information and communication systems encountered in school, work and the community.
“This project will move research to reality,” says Gregg Vanderheiden, an engineering professor and director of UW-Madison’s Trace Center. “The project will help make it so that whenever a person encounters something with a digital interface — a computer, Web page, TV, themostat — the interface on the device or Web page instantly and automatically changes into a form that the person can understand and use.”

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Developers & Implementors tell us about Cloud4all

Cloud4all consortium has just released a dissemination video, this time focused on developers & implementers. Kasper Marcus from raising the floor introduces the concept of the GPII as well as the personalisation piece of Cloud4all. Thomas Soens from vision highlights the difficulty of configuring certain features in many devices, hereby Cloud4all intends to automatise those features in all devices just with a sole account. Ferrán Gallego from Code factory explains the integration of Cloud4all and their Mobile Accessiblity for Android App . Finally Andrés Iglesias points out the automatic adaptation of the interface according to the context & environment (too much light, too little, too much noise, etc).

Kasper Markus from Raising the Floor

Kasper Markus from Raising the Floor

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Sign up to the GPII networking session at ICT 2015


ICT 2015 is the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal (20-22 October 2015).The GPII (Prosperity4All and Cloud4all) will be organising a networking session: Engage in the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)The main objective of this networking session is to talk with people (end-users, researchers, developers, manufacturers and policy makers) who can benefit from and use the GPII allow them to develop and deliver solutions faster, for less cost, and reaching more people. We hope to create linkages between different eInclusion projects and this work, as well as to create links with those in the commercial sector who develop solutions and those from the consumer sector (users and professionals) who will benefit from new access technologies.

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The Academia speaks about Cloud4all (Video)

One of those days where all the thinking heads of Cloud4all were together, we shot this short video which intends to give  a grasp of the project form the Academia standpoint. Players from the dream team of accessibility such as Gregg Vanderheiden (Raising the floor), Jutta Treviranus (IDRC), Pier Luigi Eimilini (e-Inclusion lab florence), Sylvain Giroux (Sherbrooke University) or Patrick Roe (EPFL) comment on this video the overall scientific idea of the project and its theorietical implications in other fields.

Jutta Treviranus

Jutta Treviranu. director at IDRC, OCAD

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Bob & Anna Story on Watching TV

Following the path started last week with Alicia´s Story, our partners of Singular Logic from Greece, have also produced and edited this video that intends to show real life examples of Cloud4all impact.

The second video of Cloud4all Stories Series shows how a couple of pensioners with different needs can watch tv together (using different settings).  Bob & Anna have recently retired and think is time to enjoy life. They both go for groceries, walk around the park and enjoy their favourite TV series very often. Bob has a low vision impairment, whereas Anna still sees ok. Hereby when watching TV, Bob needs a high contrast and audio description so that he can fully understands the context and action of the movie. This is a burden for Anna, nonetheless thanks to Cloud4all and GPIII, a solution can be reached. After personalising the settings, Bob can plug-in the headphones in order to get the audio description there while the main audio remains the same. Contrast can be adjusted to the mid-level so that they both  can coexist. Whenever Bob leaves the room, Anna can easily deactivate Bob´s features and get back to normal. Bob can easily do the same.

Bob & Ana

Bob plugging-in his preferences

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Cloud4all Alicia´s Story

There is a new video from the Cloud4all Story series produced and edited by Singular Logic. The intention behind these series is to give insights about the real impact, use and application of Cloud4all. This time the story of Alicia is depicted. Alicia is a 70 years old pensioner living in a house for the elderly. Additionally, she suffers some sort of visual impairment. Even though she is willing to catch up with the current world news, Alicia sometimes has problems due to her special needs when surfing the web. She requires a high contrast and a big font size at least in order to navigate easily. Nonetheless these settings are not easy to adjust, therefore every time she uses a computer, she needs help for that. Here is where magic happens with Cloud4all and GPII due to the fact that only by keying-in a USB pen-drive all these adjustments are made automatically without the need to seek external help. Our partners from Singular Logic have successfully shown a down to earth application of Cloud4all.


Alicia using a public computer

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21st Biennial TDI conference, Baltimore, MD Aug 19-22, 2015 , Conference Paper

The event “2015 Biennial Conference – TDI & ADA: Leveraging 25 years of Achieving Access” took place in Baltimore, MD.

The conference is organized by Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing INC: (TDI) and is a biennial conference (odd years) that brings together about 200 participants from all over USA as well as some international participants.

The TDI Biennial Conference includes award presentations, workshops, exhibits featuring state-of-the-art technology for everyone’s telecommunication needs, and allows unique networking opportunities.

2015 Biennial Conference Leaflet with a city picture on the background

2015 Biennial Conference Leaflet with a city picture on the background

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Prosperity4all: access to technology for everyone

(Published originaly in Cordis En, Fr, Es, It, Pol)

EU researchers are developing a new, broad-ranging, cloud-based infrastructure that makes the Internet more accessible for users with special needs. The new ‘ecosystem’ enables people previously excluded from ICT to get help using technology and aims to use their feedback to develop new apps and services. 

Prosperity4all Logo

Prosperity4all Logo

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