Audible Beacons and Wearables in Schools: Helping Young Visually Impaired Children Play and Move Independently

Freeman, E. , Wilson, G., Brewster, S. , Baud-Bovy, G., Magnusson, C. and Caltenco, H. (2017) Audible Beacons and Wearables in Schools: Helping Young Visually Impaired Children Play and Move Independently. In: CHI '17: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, CO, USA, 6-11 May 2017, pp. 4146-4157. ISBN 9781450346559 (doi: 10.1145/3025453.3025518)

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Young children with visual impairments tend to engage less with their surroundings, limiting the benefits from activities at school. We investigated novel ways of using sound from a bracelet, such as speech or familiar noises, to tell children about nearby people, places and activities, to encourage them to engage more during play and help them move independently. We present a series of studies, the first two involving visual impairment educators, that give insight into challenges faced by visually impaired children at school and how sound might help them. We then present a focus group with visually impaired children that gives further insight into the effective use of sound. Our findings reveal novel ways of combining sounds from wearables with sounds from the environment, motivating audible beacons, devices for audio output and proximity estimation. We present scenarios, findings and a design space that show the novel ways such devices could be used alongside wearables to help visually impaired children at school.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wilson, Dr Graham and Freeman, Dr Euan and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Freeman, E., Wilson, G., Brewster, S., Baud-Bovy, G., Magnusson, C., and Caltenco, H.
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Research Group:Glasgow Interactive Systems Section

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
628131ABBIStephen BrewsterEuropean Commission (EC)611452COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE