Visual Accessibility: RAIVE by Solana


Solona is a suite of Internet-based tools that empower visually impaired people to independently negotiate inaccessible objects. We enable people to overcome obstacles that are encountered on a regular basis due to inaccessible images and web page design.

Each tool within Solona is Human-Powered. In other words, everytime a user submits an image to be solved, a sighted human operator is on the other side to translate the image.

RAIVE by Solona is an entirely new approach to accessibility. It is a service that empowers people to independently gain information that would otherwise be impossible to ascertain. Although software can do many things, there are some things that are simply beyond the scope of OCR or image processing. There are many other visual objects that are inherently inaccessible and may contain important information.

Multimedia is woven into the fabric of our communications. Emails contain images more than ever before. Dynamic Flash-based web pages are becoming more and more common. Web forms may be image-based and not properly labeled. Product packaging is inherently inaccessible. Advertisers, service providers, and companies alike use rich image-based delivery that can be completely inaccessible for a visually impaired person. There is no limit to inaccessibility in our digital age.

RAIVE, which stands for "Remotely Analyzing (and) Interpreting Visual Elements", enables people to independently extract information from inaccessible visual elements. Users can submit a 'Package' which contains any visual element (picture, file, screen capture, PDF) along with a question. If it can be captured, scanned, or saved, it can be submitted in a Package. A Solona Operator will promptly examine the image and the question and return the answer to the user. This ensures that the user will receive highly accurate information in order to make a decision. Users normally receive a response within 30 minutes. Responses are automatically processed and sent to the user's registered email address.


Find out more:

http://www.solona.net/

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