C2008-02 – Tactile Aids for Access to Advanced Software by Blind / Low Vision Users

Technology # 08-02 Graphical User interfaces (GUIs) by blind/low vision (BLV) individuals This invention allows for the use of sophisticated software packages that employ Graphical User interfaces (GUIs) by blind/low vision (BLV) individuals. Current state of the art technology adapts the use of GUIs by eliminating the mouse based interface (MBI) through a combination of programmed keystrokes combined with audio information. The elimination of MBI, however, ultimately limits the BLV user to software packages that have been specially adapted for their use. A system has been developed that allows the BLV user to have refined control over MBI and permit true MBI events by using tactile screen overlays. This invention/software is available for licensing. For interested parties seeking further information, feel free to contact: Mark Allen Lanoue Technology Manager / Tech Ventures University of Arkansas (479) 575-7243 malanoue@uark.edu Technology Ventures ventures@uark.edu 479-575-7243

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