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

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
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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)

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ENGINEERING - INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 480 812,50

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 599 875

MEDIAVOICE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 399 875

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 335 000

CORPORACIO CATALANA DE MITJANS AUDIOVISUALS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 247 625

ARX NET AE YPIRESIES KAI EPICHIRISIS DIADIKTYOU ANONIMI ETAIRIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 280 437,50

FUNDACION CNSE PARA LA SUPRESION DE BARRERAS DE COMUNICACION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 148 250

Unione Italiana dei Ciechi e degli Ipovedenti ONLUS

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 168 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 761999

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 857 000

  • EU contribution

    € 3 253 250

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain