Sparkle: Visual Feature Description System for the Visually Impaired People

In-class Project, ITC201 User-centered Service Design for IT Convergence.
KAIST & Microsoft Design Expo 2015, Microsoft Research.
Advisors: Youn-kyung Lim, Alice Oh / TAs: Dajung Kim, Jinyeong Park / Microsoft Advisors: Jane Park, March Rogers.
Team Members: Jonghyuk Jung, Sungbae Kim, Cheolho Jeon, Sungwon Cho.

Background

In our daily lives, we express ourselves through clothes. When you go to a party, you dress up. And when you are depressed, you avoid vivid colors.

Ralph Lauren, a renowned fashion designer, said: "I don't design clothes, I design dreams." As he mentioned, clothes today are not just protections, but also an important measure of self-representation.

Problem Definition

We conducted the contextual inquiry with visually impaired people at a mall, and we found out that there are two different ways for the visually impaired people to get information about clothes.

A. Non-visual Elements
The visually impaired people have more sensitive tactual sense compared to the sighted people. So they have no problem with recognizing clothes' texture and material.

B. Visual Elements
Visual features of clothes such as colors, patterns, and prints should be described by someone else. Usually, an assistant describes the visual features, however, not every assistant can make a good explanation of the visual elements. Thus, the visually impaired people have difficulty in imagining the clothes.

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