Extension for the McGill IMAGE project. This is a beta release.
Extension for the McGill IMAGE project.
Making internet graphics accessible through rich audio and touch!
Have you ever wanted to hear a photograph or pie chart, and not just a description of what is in it? IMAGE (Internet Multimodal Access to Graphical Exploration) adds a new item to your browser’s context menu when you activate it on a graphic such as a photograph, on any webpage you visit. The goal is to provide people who are blind or have low vision with a new and useful experience of internet graphics that goes beyond automatically generating alt tags.
Once you have added the extension to your browser, all you have to do is tab to a graphic on any website, and similarly to how you would open a context menu on a link to bookmark it, open a context menu on the graphic and select “Get IMAGE Rendering.” The graphic is sent to a server that creates a custom audio rendering, and if you are wearing headphones, uses “spatialized audio” so that you hear different parts of the graphic all around you, rendered as sounds. In addition, if you go to the extension's setting page, you can enable haptic devices such as the Haply and the Dot Pad in order to explore graphics with your sense of touch.
This release is a beta version of IMAGE, and does not work well on all graphics. To get started, we recommend visiting our tutorial page at https://image.a11y.mcgill.ca/pages/tutorial.html
IMAGE is carried out by McGill University's Shared Reality Lab (SRL) , in strategic partnership with Gateway Navigation CCC Ltd  and the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) . The project is funded by Innovation Science Economic Development Canada through the Assistive Technology Program. The motivation for this project is to improve the access to internet graphics for people who are blind or partially sighted.
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For technical issues, please contact email@example.com.
For other inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
 The Shared Reality Lab, in McGill University’s Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering, works with audio, video, and
haptic technologies, building systems that leverage their capabilities
to facilitate and enrich both human-computer and computer-mediated
human-human interaction. http://srl.mcgill.ca
 Gateway Navigation CCC Limited is a unique social enterprise
bringing together social innovation and for-profit sustainability.
Founded in 2017 by individuals and organizations including the
Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB). Sharing a lived experience in
disability and a passion to make a difference in our communities. Our
social and business objective is to create a more accessible and
inclusive world through applying human centred design in the use of
inclusive audio-based (digital) augmented reality networks, while
promoting training and employment opportunities for people with
disabilities in this rapidly developing technology sector.
 The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB) is the largest
member-based consumer organization of persons who are blind,
deaf-blind, or partially sighted in Canada. https://ccbnational.net/