Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Scribe4Me: Evaluating a Mobile Sound Transcription Tool for the Deaf

Tara Lynn Matthews, Scott Alan Carter, Carol Pai, Janette Fong and Jennifer Mankoff

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2006-49
May 10, 2006

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-49.pdf

People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may have challenges communicating with others via spoken words and may have challenges being aware of audio events in their environments. This is especially true in public places, which may not have accessible ways of communicating announcements and other audio events. In this paper, we present the design and evaluation of a mobile sound transcription tool for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Our tool, Scribe4Me, is designed to improve awareness of sound-based information in any location. When a button is pushed on the tool, a transcription of the last 30 seconds of sound is given to the user in a text message. Transcriptions include dialog and descriptions of environmental sounds. We also describe a 2-week field study of a semi-functional, Wizard-of-Oz prototype, which shows that our approach is feasible, highlights particular contexts in which it is useful, and provides information about what should be contained in transcriptions


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Matthews:EECS-2006-49,
    Author = {Matthews, Tara Lynn and Carter, Scott Alan and Pai, Carol and Fong, Janette and Mankoff, Jennifer},
    Title = {Scribe4Me: Evaluating a Mobile Sound Transcription Tool for the Deaf},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2006},
    Month = {May},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-49.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2006-49},
    Abstract = {People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may have challenges communicating with others via spoken words and may have challenges being aware of audio events in their environments. This is especially true in public places, which may not have accessible ways of communicating announcements and other audio events. In this paper, we present the design and evaluation of a mobile sound transcription tool for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Our tool, Scribe4Me, is designed to improve awareness of sound-based information in any location. When a button is pushed on the tool, a transcription of the last 30 seconds of sound is given to the user in a text message. Transcriptions include dialog and descriptions of environmental sounds. We also describe a 2-week field study of a semi-functional, Wizard-of-Oz prototype, which shows that our approach is feasible, highlights particular contexts in which it is useful, and provides information about what should be contained in transcriptions}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Matthews, Tara Lynn
%A Carter, Scott Alan
%A Pai, Carol
%A Fong, Janette
%A Mankoff, Jennifer
%T Scribe4Me: Evaluating a Mobile Sound Transcription Tool for the Deaf
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2006
%8 May 10
%@ UCB/EECS-2006-49
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-49.html
%F Matthews:EECS-2006-49