Cloud4All

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Cloud4All is creating instant, ubiquitous auto-personalization of interfaces and materials based on user needs and preferences.

Project website: http://cloud4all.info

Cloud4all is an international project funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union that will advance the concept of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). The GPII is a project of Raising the Floor Consortium of academic, industry and non-governmental organizations and individuals. Cloud4all is an European Commission FP7 grant that will develop key parts of the GPII, building the knowledge base and algorithms needed and evaluating the ability of the concept to work across platforms, technologies and applications. Cloud4all/GPII aim at the following objectives:

  • Simple Instant accessibility for ALL.
  • Anywhere Any Device Access.
  • Supply and Demand better connected.
  • Affordable method to offer diversity needed.

From the innovation perspective, Cloud4all/GPII aims to develop a complete new paradigm in accessibility, by augmenting adaptation of individual products and services (2nd generation) with automatic personalization of any mainstream product or service a user encounters, using cloud technologies to activate and augment any natural (built-in) accessibility or installed access features the product or service has or recommending the appropriate third-party solutions, based on the user’s needs and preferences.

The Cloud4all project is well underway with mainstream and AT companies already demonstrating their products being auto‐configured to user preference sets, that are retrieved from the cloud or a personal key‐token (a USB stick, or an NFC tag or ring worn on the hand, facial recognition in the home, etc.).

Prototypes

1

Linux/Gnome

11

SuperNova Suite of low vision and

2

Microsoft Windows

12

Maavis (cognitive aid)

3

Microsoft Internet Explorer

13

Mobile Accessibility (mobile phone AT)

4

Mozilla Firefox

14

ReadWrite Gold & BrowseAloud

5

Simple phone (JAVA)

15

Allan eC (communicaton system for deaf,)

6

Smart phone

16

eKiosk

7

WebAnywhere (Cloud/online based AT)

17

Microsoft PixelSense Platform (‘surface’ touch‐ based technology)

8

SAToGo (run from server AT)

18

Smart‐house

9

Online banking web application

19

DTV(iTV)

10

ASIT Social networking application

Table 1 Technology Implementations of Auto‐personalization underway in Cloud4all

This Cloud4all/GPII instant auto‐personalization provides many advantages to consumers including making individualization of ICT possible in a quick and very simple fashion. However auto‐ personalization cannot address most of the problems cited above, such as the lack of solutions for all types of users, access features for all technology platforms encounter, cost, etc.

For more information please visit the Cloud4All website at http://cloud4all.info/