Mobility

SeeReader: An (Almost) Eyes-Free Mobile Rich Document Viewer

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Executive Summary

Reading documents on mobile devices is challenging. Not only are screens small and difficult to read, but also navigating an environment using limited visual attention can be difficult and potentially dangerous. Reading content aloud using Text-To-Speech (TTS) processing can mitigate these problems, but only for content that does not include rich visual information. In this paper, the authors introduce a new technique, SeeReader, that combines TTS with automatic content recognition and document presentation control that allows users to listen to documents while also being notified of important visual content. Together, these services allow users to read rich documents on mobile devices while maintaining awareness of their visual environment.

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