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Explorations of Shape-Changing Haptic Interfaces for Blind and Sighted Pedestrian Navigation

2019

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Since the 1960s, technologists have worked to develop systems that facilitate independent navigation by vision-impaired (VI) pedestrians. These devices vary in terms of conveyed information and feedback modality. Unfortunately, many such prototypes never progress beyond laboratory testing. Conversely, smartphone-based navigation systems for sighted pedestrians have grown in robustness and capabilities, to the point of now being ubiquitous. How can we leverage the success of sighted navigation technology, which is driven by a larger global market, as a way to progress VI navigation systems? We believe one possibility is to make common devices that benefit both VI and sighted individuals, by providing information in a way that does not distract either user from their tasks or environment. To this end we have developed physical interfaces that eschew visual, audio or vibratory feedback, instead relying on the natural human ability to perceive the shape of a handheld object.

Author(s): Adam Spiers and Katherine J. Kuchenbecker
Pages: 6
Year: 2019
Month: May

Department(s): Haptic Intelligence
Bibtex Type: Miscellaneous (misc)
Paper Type: Workshop

Event Place: Glasgow, UK
How Published: Workshop paper (6 pages) presented at the CHI 2019 Workshop on Hacking Blind Navigation
State: Accepted

BibTex

@misc{Spiers19-CHIWS-Navigation,
  title = {Explorations of Shape-Changing Haptic Interfaces for Blind and Sighted Pedestrian Navigation},
  author = {Spiers, Adam and Kuchenbecker, Katherine J.},
  pages = {6},
  howpublished = {Workshop paper (6 pages) presented at the CHI 2019 Workshop on Hacking Blind Navigation},
  month = may,
  year = {2019},
  month_numeric = {5}
}