Developing Accessibility Design Guidelines for Wearables: Accessibility Standards for Multimodal Wearable Devices

Jobke Wentzel, Eric Velleman, Thea van der Geest

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Abstract

Smart wearable devices are integrated our everyday lives. Such wearable technology is worn on or near the body, while leaving both hands free. This enables users to receive and send information in a non-obtrusive way. Because of the ability to continuously assist and support activities, wearables could be of great value to persons with a disability. Persons with a disability can only benefit from the potential of wearables if they are accessible. Like other devices, platforms, and applications, developers of wearables need to take accessibility into account during early development, for example by including multimodal interfaces in the design. Even though some accessibility guidelines and standards exist for websites and mobile phones, more support for the development of accessible wearables is needed. The aim of our project is to develop a set of guidelines for accessible wearables. Three approaches are combined to develop the guidelines. A scan of the literature was done to identify publications addressing the accessibility of wearables and/or development guidelines. Semi-structured interviews were held with developers of accessible wearable technology. Based on these first activities, a draft set of guidelines is created. This draft is evaluated with developers and researchers in the field of universal design, accessibility, and wearables. Further, the draft is evaluated with visually impaired people (VIP) in interviews. Based on these results, a final set of guidelines will be created. This set is evaluated against an actual project in which apps are developed for VIP. This study is in progress; first results are presented (literature study, semi-structured interviews, first draft of guidelines) and a call for participation in the Delphi study is issued
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMethods, Techniques, and Best Practices
EditorsMargherita Antona, Constantine Stephanidis
Place of PublicationToronto
PublisherSpringer
Pages109-119
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-40249-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2016
EventUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Methods, Techniques, and Best Practices - Toronto
Duration: 17 Jul 201622 Jul 2016

Publication series

Name
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Volume9737
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

ConferenceUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction. Methods, Techniques, and Best Practices
Period17/07/1622/07/16
Other17-07-2016 - 22-07-2016

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