Constructing sonified haptic line graphs for the blind student: first steps

Ramloll, R., Yu, W., Brewster, S. , Riedel, B., Burton, M. and Dimigen, G. (2000) Constructing sonified haptic line graphs for the blind student: first steps. In: 4th International ACM Conference on Assistive technologies, Arlington, Virginia, USA, 13-15 November 2000, pp. 17-25. ISBN 1581133148 (doi:10.1145/354324.354330)



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Line graphs stand as an established information visualisation and analysis technique taught at various levels of difficulty according to standard Mathematics curricula. It has been argued that blind individuals cannot use line graphs as a visualisation and analytic tool because they currently primarily exist in the visual medium. The research described in this paper aims at making line graphs accessible to blind students through auditory and haptic media. We describe (1) our design space for representing line graphs, (2) the technology we use to develop our prototypes and (3) the insights from our preliminary work.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:force feedback, haptic display, line graphs, spatial sound, and visual impairment
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Ramloll, R., Yu, W., Brewster, S., Riedel, B., Burton, M., and Dimigen, G.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2000 ACM Press
First Published:First published in Assets 2000: the Fourth International ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies: November 13-15, 2000, Hilton Arlington and Towers, Arlington, Virginia
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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