Assistive Technology for the Vision: impaired and Blind

Hersh, Marion 20080228 Springer-Verlag, 768p,ISBN-10: 1846288665 ISBN-13: 978-1846288661


■Hersh, Marion 2008 Assistive Technology for the Vision: impaired and Blind, Springer-Verlag, 768p,ISBN-10: 1846288665 ISBN-13: 978-1846288661 [amazon] ※

■ Description

Practitioners will learn to apply the latest electrical engineering in designing optical and visual aids
Numerous suggestions for further investigation and research will inspire project design and offer insight into the likely pitfalls and opportunities of making generic solutions fit individual cases.
Students will learn to combine the physiological needs of visual-impairment with the capabilities of man-made remedial technology
Equal access to services and public places is now required by law in many countries. In the case of the visually impaired, it is often the use of assistive technology that facilitates their full participation in many societal activities ranging from meetings and entertainment to the more personal activities of reading books or making music. In this volume, the engineering techniques and design principles used in many solutions for vision-impaired and blind people are described and explained.


" a new comprehensive assistive technology model structures the volume into groups of chapters on vision fundamentals, mobility, communications and access to information, daily living, education and employment, and finally recreational activities;

" contributions by international authors from the diverse engineering and scientific disciplines needed to describe and develop the necessary assistive technology solutions;

" systematic coverage of the many different types of assistive technology devices, applications and solutions used by visually impaired and blind people;

" chapters open with learning objectives and close with sets of test questions and details of practical projects that can be used for student investigative work and self-study.

Assistive Technology for Vision-impaired and Blind People is an excellent self-study and reference textbook for assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering students and professionals. The comprehensive presentation also allows engineers and health professionals to update their knowledge of recent assistive technology developments for people with sight impairment and loss.

■ Contents
Disability and Assistive Technology Systems
Physiology of the Eye and Visual Pathway
Sight Measurement
Haptics as a Substitute for Vision
Mobility-An Overview
Mobility AT - the Batcane (Ultracane)
Navigation AT: Context-aware Computing
Accessible Global Positioning System (GPS) and Related Orientation Technologies
Electronic Travel Aids - An Assessment
Accessible Environments
Accessible Bus System: A Bluetooth Application
Accessible Information- An Overview
Screen Readers and Screen Magnifiers
Speech, Text and Braille Conversion Technology
Accessing Books and Documents
Designing Accessible Music Software for Print Impaired People
Assistive Technology for Daily Living
Assistive Technology for Education, Employment and Recreation.




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