Congratulation on HearMe Project ~

HearMe Project is shortlisted in Interaction Award 15

This is the introduction video of HearMe for attending IxDA Award, supervised by drhhtang. You will find the different aspects of HearMe described by its designer Diona Lin.

The visually impaired don’t let their disability define them. They go out for different activities and have the desire to learn from the environment, audio senses are their main channels of doing so. However, most of the information around them are based on visual form, such as infographics, icons, and banners. There is rarely any better ways for the visually impaired to acquire information around them.

HearMe addresses this need by enabling people with visual impairments to connect to their environment and to the others by freely capturing and sharing the auditory information.

HearMe, an application on smartphone with efficient recording utilization and an audio exchange platform, offers a quicker access for sound capture and simplifies the interaction for the visually impaired.

Through HearMe, user is able to catch and review sounds in a snap by using simple gestures: double-finger-double-tap allows them to initiate recording immediately, and right-swipe lets them tag the important moments when recording. In addition, HearMe helps users to organize all audio captures with ease, and further share the resource publicly to benefit the others. Furthermore, HearMe locates the user and provides nearby sound resources, such as historical stories, tour introductions, or recommendations. With all these exchanged information, users are able to get a better understanding of the new locations.

From the ease to capture sounds to further share the hearing experiences, HearMe empowers the visually impaired to interact with others and the world.

Hsien-Hui Tang

Associate Professor, NTUST, Taipei, Taiwan