Landmark identification with wearables for supporting spatial awareness by blind persons

W. Ugulino, H. Fuks

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Abstract

This paper describes our research on feedback mechanisms of wearables for supporting indoor landmark identification in the context of blind pedestrians' mobility. It contributes with a promising alternative to audible patterns, which are consistently related to the 'masking phenomenon'. It also contributes with many lessons and insights that could benefit the designer of wearables for blind users. We started from an observational study followed by co-creation workshops with designers and potential users. The resulting prototypes were used in two Case Studies. The first study investigated the occurrence of 'masking', a problem caused by technology that affects negatively the sensorial perception of the wearer. The second study investigated the usefulness of the wearables for the identification of landmarks. The wearable succeeded in both tests for the particular context in which it was used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUbiComp 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing
Pages63-74
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers - Osaka, Japan
Duration: 7 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

Conference

Conference ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and 2015 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
Abbreviated titleUbiComp & ISWC
CountryJapan
CityOsaka
Period7/09/1511/09/15

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