Using Dynamic Audio Feedback to Support Peripersonal Reaching in Visually Impaired People

Wilson, G. and Brewster, S. (2015) Using Dynamic Audio Feedback to Support Peripersonal Reaching in Visually Impaired People. In: 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility: ASSETS 2015, Lisbon, Portugal, 26-28 Oct 2015, pp. 433-434. ISBN 9781450334006 (doi: 10.1145/2700648.2811339)

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Blind children engage with their immediate environment much less than sighted children, particularly through self-initiated movement or exploration. Research has suggested that providing dynamic feedback about the environment and the child--s actions within/against it may help to encourage reaching activity and support spatial cognitive learning. This paper presents an initial study suggesting the accuracy of peripersonal reaching can be improved by the use of dynamic sound from both the objects to reach for and the reaching hand itself (via a worn speaker) that changes based on the proximity of the hand to the object. The demonstration will let attendees try the interaction and feedback designs.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Graham and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Wilson, G., and Brewster, S.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
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