Multimodal virtual reality versus printed medium in visualization for blind people

Yu, W. and Brewster, S.A. (2002) Multimodal virtual reality versus printed medium in visualization for blind people. In: 5th International ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies, Edinburgh, Scotland, 8-10 July 2002, pp. 55-64. ISBN 1581134649 (doi:10.1145/638249.638261)



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In this paper, we describe a study comparing the strengths of a multimodal Virtual Reality (VR) interface against traditional tactile diagrams in conveying information to visually impaired and blind people. The multimodal VR interface consists of a force feedback device (SensAble PHANTOM), synthesized speech and non-speech audio. Potential advantages of the VR technology are well known however its real usability in comparison with the conventional paper-based medium is seldom investigated. We have addressed this issue in our evaluation. The experimental results show benefits from using the multimodal approach in terms of more accurate information about the graphs obtained by users.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:hatpics, assistive technology, multimodal interface, human computer interaction, virtual reality
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Yu, W., and Brewster, S.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2002 ACM Press
First Published:First published in Assets 2002: the Fifth International ACM Conference on Assistive Technologies: July 8-10, 2002, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Edinburgh, Scotland
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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