Urgent communication method for deaf, language dysfunction and foreigners

Naotsune Hosono, Hiromitsu Inoue, Miwa Nakanishi, Yutaka Tomita

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This paper discusses a communication method with smart phones for deaf or language dysfunction people as well as foreigners at the urgent time of sudden sickness or fire in order to report to the nearest fire station. Such method is originally proposed by a hearing impaired person. Their appearances are the same in the daily life. However at the unexpected situation, they will be suddenly in trouble at such the occasion of disasters or accidents. The previous research, which was introduced at ICCHP 2010, proposed a method to create pictograms or icons referring to multiplex local sign languages with Multivariate Analysis (MVA). Those outcomes are drawn on a booklet to be held a dialogue between deaf and hearing people. This time they are implemented on a smart phone. Normally the usability is measured by the effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction. Then this time the outcome is measured by the efficiency, that how quickly to report the fire station nearby. The evaluation gathering deaf people and a foreigner found that this method is about three times quicker to do the first report to the station comparing with text messaging on a smart phone.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs - 14th International Conference, ICCHP 2014, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)9783319085982
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes
Event14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2014 - Paris, France
Duration: 2014 Jul 92014 Jul 11

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume8548 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2014


  • Computer Human Interface
  • Context of Use
  • Human Centred Design
  • Inclusive Media
  • Sensory Evaluation
  • Tablet Terminal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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