figure 3: the author Kanevsky, a deaf
research scientist, testing iBm’s prototype
head-mounted display device with
iBm’s ViaVoice transcription services
combined with a human-in-the-loop live
transcription service from captionfirst,
inc. ( www.captionfirst.com/), the first
time transcription services were coupled
with eyewear and a belt-worn portable
wisePad services, most notably captioning, are market-ready today; if combined, they would be close to being a
breakthrough for improving the quality
of life for many mobile vision-, hearing-,
and/or speech-impaired users. Easy-to-use applications for all wearable computer users, not only the handicapped,
are emerging. Heartwarming and worthy of celebration, ubiquitous services,
including wisePad, would contribute to
personal empowerment, contribution,
and inclusion for all.
most technology-savvy ones are still
waiting for critical enabling technologies (such as wisePad) to inexpensively
and transparently assist their enjoyment and ubiquitous participation in
family, personal, and work activities.
Since IBM inventors, engineers, and
developers unveiled their first prototype
of an eyewear-attached portable computer ( www.isrl.uiuc.edu/~chip/proj-ects/timeline/ 1999jones.html), many
talented people both in and outside of
IBM have participated in creating the
technologies needed to make the wise-
Pad services system a reality. They have
since championed and advanced the
standards and technologies for Web 2.0
services, thus providing a foundation for
designers of future Web system access,
applications, and service, including
those working on wisePad (see Figure 3).
Many component technologies for
wisePad user services.
composite wisePad services
Allows gesture-based commands
and communications among devices
Converts user-targeted text to speech
Captions audio from various feeds
Captions audio and embeds pictographs
in resulting text
Embeds pictographs in text
Rewrites complex text and presents
the user with simple text
Summarizes targeted text
Simplifies and embeds pictographs in text
Gives users a simple summary
illustrated with pictographs
Transforms multimedia in user-defined ways,
including zoom images, magnify parts of Web
pages, color graphs, and change contrasts in
Provides translation of audio and text to other
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and chair of the Department of finance, information
systems, and management science in the sobey school of
business at saint mary’s university, nova scotia, canada.
Dimitri Kanevsky ( email@example.com) is a
researcher, master inventor, and project manager in the
speech and language algorithms Department in the ibm
t. J. watson research center, yorktown heights, ny.
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