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OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Nobody: 7:40am On Aug 05, 2015
Humane is virtual sensory software platform that allows visually impaired users to perform tasks on their smartphones which they can’t perform normally.

Humane was developed by Victor Shoaga, Ayodele Obasegun, Oyatope Blessing and Otaru Babatunde, all students of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, as a presentation for the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup. This accounts for why it is still only available on the Windows Phone platform at the moment. However, the team decided to take it to the next level by making improvements that will make it more widely accepted, of which includes compatibility with other platforms.

Humane makes smartphone operation easier for the visually impaired. It helps them select music files, play selected videos (though they can only listen), surf the web, set or check the time, the list goes on.

Humane, as it is, is an application software (not available for public download). It was developed for companies who are prospective buyers to add their own modifications to it, although individual buyers will still find it useful as it is.

How Humane Works

Humane is a software that comes with a manual controller .The software itself is downloaded into the user’s phone and then the user is given the controller and an identification number. The identification number is entered into the software for compatibility with the controller, meaning only one controller is able to work with a single software. The manual controller has two dongles for scrolling and a central “select” button, making its operation as easy as can be.

The Humane controller is durable, potable, easy to operate and light. The app also has a voice guide to notify when Humane has been successfully activated but the biggest merit is that for an app they can do so much, it connection is simply by Bluetooth – the same way two phones are connected for file sharing.

Challenges

Seeing as it is an extreme useful app, Humane has only a handful of challenges to overcome on it’s way to becoming widely accepted. For one, it is still only available on the Windows Phone platform, although plans are in place to roll it out on other platforms, so there’s no reason to bother.

Also, the manual controller has low ubiquity. Only a few controllers have been produced and as such, there is still a difficulty with dealing with the demand that will arise when Humane becomes widely known.

Another challenge faced on the part of the controller is it’s design. The controller is still in it’s prototype stage so it’s a bit bulky. But it works.

Summary

Humane is a whole platform on it’s own. It’s developers are working round the clock to add improvements and other uses, one of which is the Internet Of Things (IOT) module, which will allow visually impaired users to control appliances in their homes and Obstacle, which can notify a visually impaired operator against colliding with an oncoming obstruction to his path.

Verdict

Humane is perhaps the most useful software I have seen in a long time. It’s usefulness cannot be overemphasized and it’s on it’s way to truly becoming a global phenomenon.



http://techpoint.ng/oau-engineering-students-build-humane-to-make-smartphones-accessible-to-the-blind/

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by cccxxiii: 7:41am On Aug 05, 2015
This is highly commendable. Nigerians have always proven to be the best in any field of endeavour. Govt needs to support these guys in any capacity they can. Enough of the best brains leaving the shores of this country.

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by pimplucious: 7:45am On Aug 05, 2015
Well done boys.

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Whizzcute(m): 8:13am On Aug 05, 2015
Well done lads!

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by RobinHez(m): 8:16am On Aug 05, 2015
This is highly commendable!
Lalasticlala!

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by RobinHez(m): 8:17am On Aug 05, 2015
These guys repping EEE! grin
There's hope for me then! cheesy

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Dekatron(m): 11:39am On Aug 05, 2015
For the first time, i said WOW to any Nigerian student built device


Well done boys, EEE rocks and am proudly an EEE student

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Teempakguy(m): 6:24pm On Aug 05, 2015
I love this! This is worth celebrating. I can see the EEE students jubilating above. Smh, the CS students are coming for you guys.

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Feraz(m): 8:07pm On Aug 05, 2015
Sokaa!! Interesting application. The sky is their starting point.
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by JUSTCHEAPDATA: 2:13pm On Aug 12, 2015
Good jobs.
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by RobinHez(m): 2:41pm On Aug 12, 2015
Lalasticlala!!!!!!!!!!!
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Skypelogger: 3:11pm On Aug 12, 2015
Wao
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Nobody: 3:11pm On Aug 12, 2015
SEE AS THE THING LOOKS LIKE A BOKO HARAM-FRIENDLY DEVICE... RUBBISH!

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Vivipop(f): 3:12pm On Aug 12, 2015
I laud their efforts

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by zonax(m): 3:13pm On Aug 12, 2015
Good more of this

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by dayo23: 3:14pm On Aug 12, 2015
This is good, highly commendable

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Pearlyakin(m): 3:14pm On Aug 12, 2015
haa
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by EddyNumerouno(m): 3:15pm On Aug 12, 2015
Nice one

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Pearlyakin(m): 3:15pm On Aug 12, 2015
Uuuu

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by VickyRotex(f): 3:15pm On Aug 12, 2015
Wow! No wonder they call them, Oba Awon Unis.

Nice one guys. Great innovation! cool


Aareonakakanfo:

http://techpoint.ng/oau-engineering-students-build-humane-to-make-smartphones-accessible-to-the-blind/


Please what's the meaning of your Moniker?

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by CLeAtHead(m): 3:15pm On Aug 12, 2015
undecided

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Kizyte(m): 3:16pm On Aug 12, 2015
One word: Innovative!

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by realborn(m): 3:16pm On Aug 12, 2015
This is the reason I strongly advise the new government to consider a "new technology hub"in every major city (Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Kaduna, Abuja) which can be as small as a multi-storey office building or as large as a village for young brilliant minds to develop and garner skills in latest software and hardware technology. In 5 years, Nigeria will surpass India in new technology revolution; massive reduction in unemployment; and there will be a major outsource of expertise to neighboring African countries and beyond.

Globalization, environmentalism and sustainability are the sure fire ways for human capital development.

Well done guys!

Cc MizMyColi smiley

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Emblj: 3:16pm On Aug 12, 2015
Highly commendable.

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by kwaraguy(m): 3:16pm On Aug 12, 2015
Wow

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Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by Hysmady(m): 3:17pm On Aug 12, 2015
Good
Re: OAU Engineering Students Build 'HUMANE' A Software For The Visually-impaired by vicadex07(m): 3:17pm On Aug 12, 2015
Omo Yoruba ni mi o...swagger!!!

legendaryfool:
SEE AS THE THING LOOKS LIKE A BOKO HARAM-FRIENDLY DEVICE... RUBBISH!

your folly is truly legendary!

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