Nowadays face-to-face communication is quite common and nothing new in this but a group of researchers are going to design a life-size projection of a person. A project from the Microsoft Research named Room2Room is working on this technology. They use Kinect depth cameras and digital projectors for this project. The main theme of this technology is that it captures the image of a person in 3-D in one room and project the life-sized version of that person in real time in another room and vice versa so that each person can see the image of the other and have better communication.

Paperwork on this technology will be going to present at the Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing conference at the end of the February in San Francisco. The idea of augmented reality has been around for years but it is not implemented. Now Microsoft researchers are going to put this technology in track, Microsoft is one among the companies which is trying to popularize the AR by testing out its HoloLens headset. The researchers took the help of already existed Microsoft Research augmented reality project called RoomAlive. This RoomAlive project uses the Kinect depth-sensing cameras and digital projectors. So instead of setting up the hardware to only one room, they set two hardware which helps to scan each person sitting in a room and project him in another room.

In order to understand the working report of this project and to make sense how people are going to communicate seven pairs of study participants built 3-D shapes with blocks via augmented reality. A person with actual blocks sat in front of a table in one room, while their partner sat in another room and gave instructions to first person how to construct the shape. Researchers found that while putting this type of puzzles it will take only four minutes if they were face to face where in the case of augmented reality it will take about 7 minutes.

There are several issues to be solved before going to implement this Room2Room project. The depth-sensing and projection hardware which are going to be used are available widely, bulky and somewhat risky to setup. It doesn’t deliver high-resolution images. A professor of California, University, Santa Barbara named Tobias Hollerer stated that the resolution can be improved very easily and expect we will be going to use the systems similar to augmented reality.

Microsoft Office is nothing but an Office Suite for the set of inter-related desktop applications, servers and web services for both Windows and Mac OS X users. Some of the products include Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, etc. Accessibility Checker is one of the most effective tools provided in Microsoft Office for Windows. This application is used to check the document for possible issues that people may experience while viewing their Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Excel file. This tool is also capable of checking the documents which are against a set of rules developed by ADA standards and provides a list of items that should be adjusted.

Functions of MS Office Accessibility Checker:

  • Identifying the possible issues that might create problems for MS Office users with disabilities in reading or using the content.
  • It provides a task pane which helps the user to view and fix their issues before finalizing the content.

How to run MS Office accessibility checker tool on Windows computer?

If you want to know how to run MS Office accessibility checker tool on Windows computer then you don’t need to move anywhere as you are at right place. Running the MS office inspection tool on a Windows computer is quite easy process. Now open the document which you have to check.  After that go to the File tab and select Info option. Now select Check for Issues option and from there choose the Check Accessibility option from the drop-down menu. Now each issue found can be classified as a warning, error or tip.

  • Error: An error is for content that can be raised while reading the document. If it occurs then it is so difficult and quite impossible for the users with the disabilities to understand.
  • Warning: A warning is for content which can be raised at sometimes but not all times. While reading the document if any warning occurs then it is difficult or impossible for the user with disabilities to understand those warnings.
  • Tips: A tip is also for content that people with the disabilities can easily understand it. The tips should be presented in better and organized way so that one can improve their experience and solve their issues.

Sometimes while fixing some issues with documents or files, it might require some changes in formatting, captions, heading styles, providing alternative text for images or data tables. In such cases Accessibility Checker results pane will offers valuable suggestions for why-to-fix and how-to-fix these issues. It also let us to know more about MS Office features to make the content more accessible.