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Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content

Objective

One of the many challenges people with various degrees of disabilities face (visually or hearing impaired) is their inability and difficulty to access mainstream products and services thus being excluded from enjoying audio-visual services on an equal basis as people without disabilities. Marginalising people with disabilities on this level is a critical and problematic issue, especially in today’s “Information Society”, where access to information should be freely available to all, in order for each individual to be able to reach his/her maximum potential, personally, professionally and socially. While these challenges have been identified, they have not been addressed yet efficiently since existing solutions still inherit characteristics of the analogue TV or just focus on traditional TV viewing.

In this context, the EasyTV system aims not only to ease the access to multimedia services, by offering novel media delivery mechanisms but also to move one step further, by enhancing interaction based on a multi-language approach, and adapt it to the user’s preferences providing personalised content in a integrated single multiterminal platform. Specifically EasyTV will be based on four pillars:
a) Improved access services for enhanced multimedia visual and sound experience for people with disabilities.
b) Improved personalisation of the content experiencing and interaction, towards a hyper-personalised experience to all.
c) Novel technologies to break the sign language barrier (based on crowdsourcing techniques).
d) Improvement and development of voice and gesture/gaze recognition to control the TV set and TV applications (e.g., eye movement or head movement) in the form of a universal remote control.

Different testing with users will establish a close cooperation by exchanging experiences among the different partners and user groups, in order to enhance the whole evaluation and validation process of the EasyTV technology

Field of science

  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/radio and television
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/sign language

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2016-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address
Calle Ramiro De Maeztu 7 Edificio Rectorado
28040 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 592 625

Participants (8)

ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 480 812,50
Address
Piazzale Dell'agricoltura 24
00144 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 599 875
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
MEDIAVOICE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 399 875
Address
Via Sante Bargellini 4
00157 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 335 000
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CORPORACIO CATALANA DE MITJANS AUDIOVISUALS SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 247 625
Address
Via Augusta 252
08017 Sant Joan Despi Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ARX NET AE YPIRESIES KAI EPICHIRISIS DIADIKTYOU ANONIMI ETAIRIA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 280 437,50
Address
L. Sofoy 18 Kai Typoy 3
54625 Thessaloniki
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CNSE PARA LA SUPRESION DE BARRERAS DE COMUNICACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 148 250
Address
Calle Islas Aleutianas 28
28035 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti ONLUS
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 750
Address
Via Borgognona 38
00187 Rome
Activity type
Other