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      Tangible User Interfaces to Ease the Learning Process of Visually-Impaired Children

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      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
      Human Computer Interaction Conference
      4 - 6 July 2018
      Tangible User Interfaces, Accessibility, User Interface Design, Visual Impairment


            People with visual impairment face significant challenges during their learning process, especially children in the early stages of this process. Different assistive technologies have been developed in last decades to support people with visual impairment when interacting with computers. This kind of technologies assume certain skills and level of maturity in the users. Nevertheless, there is a lack of technologies for children, specifically designed to support their personal development especially in the earliest stages. In this paper we propose a novel system based on Tangible User Interfaces aiming at providing children with visual impairment a new way of learning basic concepts. The system implements an audio-based game through which children are guided and motivated with different activities designed to learn basic concepts by identifying objects physically available that children must grasp with their hands to interact with the system. We have also performed a preliminary evaluation of the system with real users obtaining positive results.


            Author and article information

            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-5
            [0001]Department of Computing Systems

            University of Castilla-La Mancha

            Albacete, Spain
            [0002]ISTI - CNR

            Via G. Moruzzi, 1 Pisa, Italy
            [0003]Department of Electronic Engineering

            University of Surrey

            United Kingdom
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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.87
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            Tangible User Interfaces,Accessibility,User Interface Design,Visual Impairment


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