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Sam Jewell

MA work

The way that visually impaired people access computers has changed little in 20 years. Online we exploit colour, images, video and animations to communicate, often excluding the blind. They instead have a single voice read the page from top to bottom.


AudioWeb seeks to make their experience of the Internet as easy, fun and meaningful as it is for the sighted. Using the richness of sound to change speed, pitch, voice, accent and tone, and using 3D surround sound, we can transform the computer interface completely. This project is inspired by the blind, but can be enjoyed by all.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2011

  • The way that visually impaired people access computers has changed little in 20 years. Online we exploit colour, images, video and animations to communicate, often excluding the blind. They instead have a single voice read the page from top to bottom.


    AudioWeb seeks to make their experience of the Internet as easy, fun and meaningful as it is for the sighted. Using the richness of sound to change speed, pitch, voice, accent and tone, and using 3D surround sound, we can transform the computer interface completely. This project is inspired by the blind, but can be enjoyed by all.


  • Degrees

  • MEng, Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2007
  • Experience

  • Graduate engineer, Arup, Birmingham, 2007-9; Internship, Grow Talent, New Delhi, India, 2006; Internship, Renewable Energy Systems, London, 2004; Sales assistant, GKN, Telford, 2002-3
  • Awards

  • Winner, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Studentship, 2009; Second prize, Blackberry 'For Body and Mind' Prize, 2010; Winner, Mott MacDonald Structural Design Award, 2003