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What does it consist of:

We have tested the basic features of this application within a comparative analysis of 3 similar-purpose applications.
 
 
TapTapSee is a mobile phone application designed specifically for blind people. The app uses the device's camera and screen reader functions to photograph objects and identify them aloud to the user.
 
In TapTapSee, the user double-taps the device screen to photograph any two- or three-dimensional object at any angle and have it analyzed and defined in seconds.
 
TapTapSee includes the following additional features: Last image ID repeat, the ability to upload images from the camera archive, share the ID via Twitter, Facebook, or email, and the ability to save the pinned image.
 
The version 3.1.0 analyzed works with Android versions 4.0 and higher.
 
 

Forms of Acquisition:

You can download the Android version of the application at the following link:

                                                                                                               

Click to download the Android application

You can download the IOS version of the application at the following link:

                                                                                                               

Click to download the IOS application

 

Warranty and support

As it is currently a free application, the developer company does not offer a technical support service or guarantee as such.

There is a contact email address Contact@TapTapSeeApp.com

You can access the web of the application in the following link 

 

Price

This application has had several stages, at first the application was completely free and since 2013 it suffered a period in which users were charged with a fee, at present the application is free again, even the API for developers is found on the web.

However, something happened to us that other users mention in their Playstore evaluations, the application stops working after a certain period of time that we are not notified of (several days), to use it again it is necessary to uninstall it and reuse install.

 

Technical verification:

The application is easily locatable in GooglePlay, it is necessary to write the name without spaces for better identification ”Taptapsee”.

 

As soon as you access the application, a message is displayed on the screen that indicates that to make correct use of the application, Talkback must be activated.

 

 

In our opinion, this is not correct, since many people with reduced vision could benefit from the identification of images or colors, but they do not use the screen reader in their daily use of the Smartphone and do not want to activate it because they do not know how it works. they can't handle the screen reader terminal well.

In case of activating the screen reader, the mode of use is very simple, with very few functionalities, the most important being that of taking a photograph to proceed with its identification.

 

 

The previous photograph shows the main screen with a menu of functionalities at the top that we summarize below:

  • Repetition: used to repeat the identification text of the last image, this is also achieved by accessing the lower part of the screen where the identifying text of each image is displayed.
  • Library: used to select an image from the gallery of our phone, either those taken with the camera previously or those stored on the phone from any other application or social network.
  • Quota: this functionality is poorly translated for people who do not use a screen reader, although in the screen reader it is correctly identified with the text "Share the recent image", and that is precisely what it consists of. Once activated it allows us to share the Image taken together with the text of your analysis on our social networks or email. This feature seems interesting to us for those users who want a second opinion after the analysis by a family member or Internet user.
  • In the upper right corner there is a button identified with the letter i for information and that in the screen reader is identified as “about taptapsee”. In our opinion, the screen label should be somewhat more precise, we suggest calling it "information and configuration", it is on this screen that the version and configuration information is displayed.

On this screen it is possible to configure the activation and deactivation of the flash, the automatic storage of the analyzed photo in the general gallery of the phone, it is possible to activate the full screen mode and deactivate the automatic focus sound.

In general, there are few options and it could include an activation and deactivation of Talkback from the application or reading text without Talkback activated.

In general, after the tests carried out, we consider that the image identification is very good and complete, although sometimes the translation into Spanish generates some confusion in the results offered. In the social validation section, a more complete detail of the identification results of numerous objects is offered.

Access to images from the library allows us to analyze when we want images previously stored on the phone.

 

Highlights

  • Image identification is generally good.
  • As it has few functionalities, the use is very simple.

 

Improvement points

  • It should allow the reading of the result with voice without having the screen reader activated.
  • The translation of both the menus and the identification results should be improved. (phrases without grammatical sense are sometimes used for the results)

 

The following table shows a comparison of the technical verification criteria of the 3 applications compared.

 

Comparison of technical verification criteria
Criteria                     Aipoly vision Taptapsee Camfind
RELIABILITY . . .
SECURITY . . .
USABILITY . . .
FUNCTIONALITY . . .
MATURITY . . .
PORTABILITY . . .
UNDERSTANDING . . .
EASE OF ACQUISITION . . .
EASE OF INSTALLATION AND CONFIGURATION       . . .
ACCESSIBILITY . . .
CONSUMPTION . . .
PRICE . . .
IMAGE IDENTIFICATION . . .

 

  • Accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
  • Reliability: 4 5 on.
    4
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  • Safety: 5 5 on.
    5
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  • Usability: 4 5 on.
    4
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  • Functionality: 4 5 on.
    4
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  • Maturity: 4 5 on.
    4
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  • Portability: 5 5 on.
    5
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  • Understandability: 5 5 on.
    5
    [field_comprensibilidad_vt_descri]
  • Ease of acquisition: 5 5 on.
    5
    [field_facilidad_de_adquisici_n_v]
  • Ease of installation and configuration: 4 5 on.
    4
    [field_facilidad_de_instalaci_n_y]
  • Consumption: 4 5 on.
    4
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  • Price: 5 5 on.
    5
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  • Generic valuation 1 VT: 4 5 on.
    4
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Social valuation:

As in the case of the other 2 compared applications, we have carried out 2 differentiated social validation tests. On the one hand, Andrés (user with zero vision) with an IPhone IOS terminal and on the other hand Domo (user with reduced vision) with a Samsung Android terminal.

 

                                                 

 

IOS tests carried out by Andrés.

Andrés, our volunteer specialized in testing products for null vision, has tested the 3 applications of this comparison and in the following lines we summarize his experience of use.

Andrés installs the application on his IPhone 5S terminal with great ease, aided by the Voiceover screen reader.

A message appears advising that Taptapsee wants to access the camera that needs to be accepted.

It is important to highlight that this application does not work in real time but from photographs, which differs from the Aipoly vision application, in such a way that it only delivers one result for each object analyzed.

The additional information is translated into Spanish which facilitates its configuration through the screen reader.

The option to share photos seems good, Andrés tries to share a photo on WhatsApp but gives an error that causes the app to close, so he ends up sharing it by email.

She is very good with text, being able to identify text written on the different objects related to product brands or other characteristics. In turn, the application has a bit more difficulty identifying colors.

The following images are part of the list of objects used to test the application.

 

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We wanted to test the same objects as with the other applications compared, these are the results:

  • Pen: It is identified as "Image 2 is bluish click on the pen on a white surface", it follows that the identification is good but the phrase used towards the user does not make much sense. In a second attempt "image 1 is blue and white click pen".
  • Mug: "image 2 is a black ceramic mug", in this case the mug is purple but the object is correctly identified.
  • Paper cup: "image 3 is black and white, disposable cup on a blank surface", in this case it does not hit the color again but it does the object.
  • Chair: “white plastic armchair image with gray metal base” which is a good identification.
  • Smartphone phone: “Black Samsung smartphone on table” is a very good identification and the brand is included.
  • Computer mouse: “HP black mouse” again a good identification, it is very good at identifying marks and texts.
  • Water bottle: “Clear plastic water bottle” is correct.
  • Keys: "Assorted keys in carabiner on white background" is correct.
  • Wallet: “black bifold leather wallet on black table” correct identification.
  • Notebook: "Blue and black spiral on white wooden surface", the type of object remains to be identified.

 

General impressions:

  • In this application there is no functionality dedicated to color analysis, but this data is included in the global analysis, this functionality does not always match the color.
  • As it is a photo, although it works slower than Aipoly it does not generate as much repetitive information, the colors identify them worse but the text especially with marks is better identified.
  • It is easy to handle and it is appreciated that the explanations are in Spanish.
  • The fact of sharing the photos via email can facilitate the identification with a second opinion of a person with vision.

 

Android tests carried out by Domo

Juan Carlos Domonte (Domo) is our volunteer specialized in product testing for people with reduced vision. Domo's viewing area is very small so you can only see something in the central area up close and up.

Domo uses an Android terminal, getting very close to see the screen. It uses the screen zoom function, and with a Samsung S8 it handles very well.

Domo has installed the application quickly, finding it on Google Play.

The first thing that the application warns in a message is that we have the talback deactivated and asks if we want to activate it.

In this case, Domo does not use its terminal with a screen reader so it decides not to activate the talkback and here a problem appears because if I do not activate the talkback I cannot hear the audio description of the identified images. Domo suggests correcting this problem for people with reduced vision who are not yet using the screen reader.

The application takes longer than Aipoly to process, but gives more information in each analysis.

  • Pen: "blue and white click the pen on the surface" well identified but the phrase is somewhat abstract.
  • Mug: "black ceramic mug on wooden table" well identified the object, wrong color.
  • Paper cup: “Black and white coffee cup” well identified the object and wrong the color.
  • Chair: "White plastic armchair with gray metal frame" correct analysis.
  • Smartphone Phone: "Black Samsung Android Smartphone" correct analysis.
  • Computer mouse: "HP wired mouse black" analysis correct.
  • Water bottle: "Transparent plastic water container" well identified, although it remains to be specified that it is a bottle as in the IPhone analysis.
  • Keys: "assorted keys on white surface" correct identification.
  • Wallet: “black bi-fold wallet” correct identification.
  • Notebook: "Blue notebook on white background" correct identification, in this case better than in the test with IPhone.

 

General impressions:

  • The application offers very detailed information.
  • The analysis must be allowed to be read without having the screen reader activated.

 

The following table shows a comparison of the social validation criteria of the 3 applications compared.

 

Comparison of social validation criteria
Criteria                     Aipoly vision Taptapsee Camfind
USABILITY . . .
COSTE . . .
RELIABILITY . . .
IMPACT . . .
UTILITY . . .
UNDERSTANDING . . .
ACCESSIBILITY . . .
IMAGE IDENTIFICATION     . . .

 

  • Impact and utility: 4 5 on.
    4
  • Usability and accessibility: 4 5 on.
    4
  • Ease of Acquisition: 5 5 on.
    5
  • Understanding: 4 5 on.
    4
    4
  • Impact: 4 5 on.
    4
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