In the past, the creation of computer processors was not associated with making technology accessible to disabled people. However, Intel is now devoted to expanding its market to this population.
The company has taken a stance: all users are important, and all deserve equity. In other words, you must pay attention to the individuals using the technology - not just the technology. After all, IT is a tool that makes life easier for all types of groups of people.
Therefore, the workforce at Intel has come together to design computer chips that support IT and update programs designed for equitable digital access. The people behind the technology at the Santa Clara-based chipmaker then are largely responsible for more approachable computer solutions.
One example of how Intel involved in this new goal is their recent support of UCL MotionInput.
How UCL MotionInput Is Making a Difference
UCL MotionInput, when used in conjunction with a webcam, allows users to operate their PC with spoken commands or movements made with their hands, head, or body. The software analyzes movements and converts them into conventional mouse and keyboard triggers using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Through the use of UCL MotionInput, Intel is advancing its efforts to increase digital access. According to Forbes, the business unveiled UCL MotionInput in a recent news release.
Students at the University College London (UCL) Computer Science department created the computer program in partnership with Microsoft and IBM.
UCL MotionInput allows users, who are unable to manage their computers, to employ standard input methods. This type of connection is theoretically similar to Apple's well-established Switch Control capabilities.
While Switch Control requires the use of switches, UCL MotionInput requires no additional hardware. Intel and its partners often refer to the program as a "multi-touch in the air" type of system.
With the use of gestures and voice commands, rather than physical input, users of the touchless technology can communicate with and control computer interfaces much more easily. In order to do this, gesture recognition technologies use computer vision and machine learning to comprehend human movement and behaviors.
MotionInput is able to recognize categories of human activity and quickly transmit them as inputs into your existing software, including your browser, current games, and applications - again, through a webcam, and open source libraries.
Features of MotionInput
The technology allows users to do the following:
- Play existing games using exercise
- Use subtle movements to perform music or create art
- Use detailed interfaces to maintain more sterile environments in medical facilities
- Use control panels in industries where safety is paramount
With respect to accessibility, the technology, basically, gives users the ability to navigate hands-free, or without the use of computer interfaces.
In this new era of touchless computing, users can use webcam to push gesture detection software into the mainstream along with advancements in computer vision technology.
Intel Joins Microsoft, Google, Apple, and Others in Leading toward More Assistive Technology
Whether expressed in bits or words, Intel is expanding its resources to cover everyone’s computer needs.
Intel's director of accessibility Darryl Adams covered the company’s objectives in an interview with Forbes back in February 2022. He said that the business is determined to do its share to ensure those who are impaired have fair access to the internet.
Taking advantage of its enormous scale, Adams said Intel is convinced that the use of inclusive technology "is something [we] can push out into the world to make it a better place."
Adams has vision limitations himself, so he empathizes with people with concerns about technology access - thus his commitment to making IT more sympathetic and convenient for use. This is why this vision connects with him so deeply.
Researchers have had time to think about how computers can make things easier in terms of accessibility and mental health. The MotionInput program proves that exciting things are in store for everyone who wishes to, to use computers for work and play.
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