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      Towards Ubiquitous Awareness Tools for Blind People

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      27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)

      9 - 13 September 2013

      Blind People, Pervasive Accessibility, Awareness, Mobile, People, Notes

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            Abstract

            Blind people are deprived from a wide set of information about the surrounding environment. This is a reality for places, objects and people. In particular, if social norms are disrespected, the blind person is likely to miss out the presence and absence of people in the same room or passing by. Current mobile devices provide a bundle of sensors that are able to provide more information about its user’s whereabouts and people nearby. We focus our research on improving the implicit awareness these users have access about their surrounding environment. We interviewed 19 blind people to understand the limitations and needs they have in indoor and outdoor environments both in orientation and social tasks. Based on our findings, we developed a prototype system able to recognize people nearby and notify the user about their presence. A preliminary probe with 3 blind people revealed that such awareness is a requirement and shed light about novel scenarios pertaining recognition, augmentation and sharing of information about people, places and objects.

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            Conference
            September 2013
            September 2013
            : 1-5
            Affiliations
            [0001]LaSIGE & Department of Informatics, University of Lisbon

            Edifício C6, Campo-Grande, 1749-016 Lisboa, Portugal
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.47
            f5070ba7-93b7-47a9-9ae7-acc3147001ec
            © Ivo Rafael et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), Brunel University, London, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
            HCI
            27
            Brunel University, London, UK
            9 - 13 September 2013
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
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            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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