Using Google Cloud Vision in Assistive Technology Scenarios

TitleUsing Google Cloud Vision in Assistive Technology Scenarios
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2016
AuthorsMulfari, D.., A.. Celesti, M.. Fazio, M.. Villari, and A.. Puliafito
Conference NameIEEE Workshop on ICT solutions for eHealth 2016 (ICTS4eHealth2016)
Conference LocationMessina, Italy
KeywordsAPI, Assistive Technology, embedded systems, Google Cloud Vision, Image Processing

Google Cloud Vision is an image recognition technology that allows you to remotely process the content of an image and to retrieve its relevant features, including image labeling, face and landmark detection, optical character recognition, and tagging of explicit content. By using specialized REST API, called Google Cloud Vision API, developers exploit such a technology within their own applications. Currently, this cloud-based tool is in limited preview and its services are accessible for trusted tester users only. From a developer's perspective, in this paper, we intend to use such software resources in order to achieve assistive technology solutions for people with disabilities. Specifically, we investigate some potential benefits of Cloud Vision tool towards the development of applications for users who are blind.