YouDescribe Android App – An Accessibility Tool for Playing Audio Descriptions with Online Videos


Madhura Patil

Oral Defence Date: 

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 15:45


TH 434


Prof. Ilmi Yoon and Assoc. Prof. Yang


‘YouDescribe’ is a project founded by Smith-Kettlewell Video Description Research and Development Center (VDRDC) with an objective to enable and encourage sighted volunteers to describe online videos for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired. Their platform includes a server and a web-interface to facilitate this. Due to the increasing availability of online content through smartphones and the convenience it offers, there was a strong need to make YouDescribe available on mobile phones as well. Also, as YouDescribe requires complex interaction with audio functions, its web version was not available on mobile browsers. Stemming from these needs, the main objective of this project is to develop a native android application for YouDescribe that provides an accessible, mobile application for playing back audio descriptions for online videos (particularly YouTube). The aim of this project is to build an Android application for ‘YouDescribe’. We believe that the YouDescribe android app will not only enable visually challenged users to enjoy videos on their android devices, but also encourage volunteers to contribute more in making video content accessible to everyone.

Madhura Patil

YouDescribe, android, accessibility, online videos