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City-led AI research collaboration featured on Click

The popular weekly BBC technology programme has brought attention to the work carried out by researchers from City, Microsoft Research and University of Oxford with blind and low vision people.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

395261Click, the BBC’s flagship weekly technology programme, has featured the ongoing work of a City-led AI research collaboration which will make a difference to the lives of blind and low vision people in the UK and across the world. 

To coincide with the International Day of Persons With Disabilities, celebrated annually on December 3rd, Click explored the latest developments around accessibility and inclusion in tech.

The City-led Object Recognition for Blind Image Training (ORBIT) project, now in its second phase, is working with blind and low vision community worldwide to build new Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that helps them to identify personal items.

iPhone app

In the programme aired on December 5th 2020, viewers were informed that 3k video clips of items such as walking canes and bunches of keys have been collected by way of an iPhone app which users can download to their phones.

The project aims to gather around 10k in total.

ORBIT project leader, City's Dr Simone Stumpf; Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, Robin Christopherson; and Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility Lead, Mary Bellard, were featured in the television programme.

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