Toward Accessible 3D Virtual Environments for the Blind and Visually Impaired

McAllister, Graham (2008) Toward Accessible 3D Virtual Environments for the Blind and Visually Impaired. In: 3rd International Conference on Digital Interactive Media in Entertainment and Arts, Athens, Greece.

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Abstract

3D virtual environments are increasingly used for education, business and recreation but are often inaccessible to users who are visually impaired, effectively creating a digital divide. Interviews with 8 visually impaired expert users were conducted to guide design proposals, and a review of current research into haptics and 3D sound for auditory displays is presented with suggestions for navigation and feedback techniques to address these accessibility issues. The diversity and volatility of the environment makes Second Life an unusually complex research object, suggesting the applicability of our work for the field of HCI and accessibility in 3D virtual environments.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Graham McAllister
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:53
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 13:35
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22830
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