As part of its social responsibility endeavors, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched “Tamkeen” competition, in collaboration with the Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.
The competition aims at developing software and telephony applications for People With Disabilities.
The competition comes in line with MCIT efforts in helping people with disabilities and employing technology to integrate and enable their participation in society.
1. Audio and Haptic technology: Software applications and prototypes of hardware gadgets that provides talking clues to blind and visually impaired persons; and people with learning or mental disabilities.
This might include, but not limited to, talking machines such as talking color/ product detectors, talking ATMS, talking document reading solutions, talking games with haptic functions and talking applications for a variety of functions in everyday life including mobile applications, blood pressures meters and clinical thermometers ETC.
2. 3D software and hardware technology: targeting people with visual and cognitive disabilities, this includes- but not limited to - educational aids and 3D museums.
3. Sign language related Software and hardware applications: This includes, but not limited to, simultaneous sign language interpreter (from sign language to text and vice versa); educational software applications for teaching sign language to the community at large.
4. Braille technology hardware and software applications for the blind: this type of technology includes courseware applications for teaching Braille to sighted persons who deal with blind people either in their schools, or in centers which provide book and document Braille printing services.
It also includes Braille translation software applications which convert printed documents into the computer Braille format used in the process of Braille printing. (focus will be more on translation software applications which work with Arabic documents). Additionally, this technology encompasses the design of Braille displays used by the blind person to read the contents of computer and mobile phone screens in Braille.
5. Software Accessibility ideas: This area of research is primarily concerned with providing accessibility to a variety of computer as well as mobile applications such as Graphical User Interface (GUI) of windows and IOS-based applications for people with visual disability.
6. localization of Assistive Technologies products into arabic
7. Gaming applications
The winning projects included software targeted service for hearing impairments such as "reading lips", "interaction with computer for people with hearing disabilities software package" and the “interpreter mediator project for the hearing impaired”. This is in addition to software designed for visual disabilities such as "Automatic control of home", "I can see" and "speaking boxes” projects.
I can see application:
the winning project is an innovative software program that assists visual impaired people in recognizing different banknotes and colors. It also helps them move freely at home.
The program is an application that can be downloaded on mobile phones where the camera once spotted on the banknote can recognizes the value and audio pronounces it. The application can also be utilized at home, using the camera, to inform the user of obstacles that can hinder his way.
Tool kit to enable hearing impaired to interact with PCs
The project involves text to sign language translator, e-Learning course for teaching the fundamental structure of the Arabic language and an application for training on Touch Typing.
The project entails designing and manufacturing Talking Canisters that spell out a canisters’ content.
Arabic Lip Reading System
The project entails an expert System that translates Arabic lip reading to sign language & Audio.
Sign language detector
The project has an expert system that detects correctly performed signs.
The project includes an interactive home automation system to automate any housework activity from a distance.
Erada is a specialized platform for People with Disabilities and their communities. It aims at providing access to free, easy and secured tools to create websites and portals on the internet in the field of disability. It also targets establishing Knowledge networks in the field of disability, as well as building capacities of stakeholders in the field of knowledge management.
Erada portal entails all kinds of disabilities; such as visual, hearing, mental, physical, learning, as well as autism, early intervention, Disabled rights and regulations, syndromes, genetic diseases, behavioral and emotional disorder and others.