Towards Developing Assistive Haptic Feedback for Visually Impaired Internet Users

Kuber, Ravi, Yu, Wai and McAllister, Graham (2007) Towards Developing Assistive Haptic Feedback for Visually Impaired Internet Users. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose, USA.

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Haptic technologies are thought to have the potential to help blind individuals overcome the challenges experienced when accessing the Web. This paper proposes a structured participatory-based approach for developing targeted haptic sensations for purposes of web page exploration, and reports preliminary results showing how HTML elements can be represented through the use of force-feedback. Findings are then compared with mappings from previous studies, demonstrating the need for providing tailored haptic sensations for blind Internet users. This research aims to culminate in a framework, encompassing a vocabulary of haptic sensations with accompanying recommendations for designers to reference when developing inclusive web solutions.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Originality: A novel structured design framework is presented for designing assistive haptic feedback for the web. Rigour: A structured design approach is proposed consisting of participatory-based design, task analysis, user groups, expert participation and scenarios. This is evaluated using a case study and compared with previous research findings. Significance/Impact: This research proposes the first framework for developing haptic feedback for blind users browsing the Internet. As such, it is likely to become the framework that will be used by researchers intending to design assistive haptic feedback for the Web.
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Graham McAllister
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:00
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 12:18
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