Right2Sight is an Android mobile application that empowers visually impaired people by providing EASY access to smart phones to perform their day to day activities such as making calls, managing contacts, managing messages, using utilities such as clock, battery power, ringing options and profile etc. The access is eased through the voice messages and the braille input which are very convenient to visually impaired people. This application is now available for Sinhala and Tamil users. People can download appropriate one and use it in their language.
There are 200,000 people in Sri Lanka are believed to be blind and another 400,000 are having low vision. Further, the population of Sri Lanka is rapidly aging and diseases which affect vision are also increasing.
On the other hand according to IDC in early 2015, 22 percentage of mobile phone users in Sri Lanka are smart phone users and the percentage must be very high as of now. The prices of the smart phones are also becoming very low and the awareness is also increasing. Therefore, in future more and more people will be using smart phones.
This has been successfully tested at a Nuffield center, Kaithaddy and the user experience of the App has been improved based on the feedbacks received from the visually impaired people.
This project is unique in several ways compare to the other similar mobile applications available for visually impaired people.
Input method: The mobile app incorporates braille input method on the touch screen in addition to the traditional input method. This is one of the unique feature of this application. Users can use braille input method to enter phone numbers, messages and contact names.
Easy operation/access: The Mobile app is developed as a theme so that it can be easily launched and accessed without the interference of other apps. Further, frequently used tools and utilities are added to the application and this application can be launched easily by pressing the home button of the mobile phone. Further, even if we restart the app will be automatically launched if proper settings are done.
After installing the 'Right2Sight' mobile app you need to do following settings:
-Go to Settings → Call → Answering/ending calls → enable the following: The home key to accept incoming calls and The power key to end calls.
-After installing application you need to do a long press on the home button and choose the “Right2Sight” application can the default one. You can do the same using the following steps: Settings → Under device choose Home → Select Right2Sight
Developed by Samira Gayan to fulfill the requirements of Bachelor of Computer Science Degree at the Department of Computer Science, University of Jaffna. Sri Lanka.