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authors Iunes Salles Esteves, Paula, Carmo Pena Martinez, Andressa, Francisco da Matta Vegi, Lucas, Rodrigues Cardoso, Igor, Nacif Rocha, Mauro, dos Santos Ferreira, Ricardo and Mônaco dos Santos, Denise
year 2019
title SEEstem - Wearable navigation device for people with visual impairments
source Sousa, JP, Xavier, JP and Castro Henriques, G (eds.), Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 1, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019, pp. 681-690
summary Visually impaired people represent a large amount of the Brazilian population. However, although a wide range of existing legislation ensures accessibility, most of the Brazilian public spaces are inadequate to accommodate disabled citizens. In this context, this paper presents a digital device, which combines the smartphone technologies with Arduino microcontrollers, for orientation and obstacle detection. We tested the minimum viable product and the first vest prototype through a user-centered usability test, which combines HCI assessments to other techniques, such as semi-structured interviews. As known, these wearable devices and mobile applications are in the center of the Internet of Things discussion. This study is expected to be an alternative for the urban mobility of visually impaired people, allowing them to have a more active and independent behavior in public spaces.
keywords Assistive wearable devices; Visually impaired people; Accessibility; Human-computer interaction; Collaborative design.
series eCAADeSIGraDi
email andressamartinez@gmail.com
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