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Audiopolis, Navigation through a Virtual City Using Audio and Haptic Interfaces for People Who Are Blind

  • Jaime Sánchez
  • Javiera Mascaró
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6766)

Abstract

This work studies the usability of an audio and haptic-based virtual environment for learners with visual disabilities, intended for orientation and mobility purposes. To this end Audiopolis, a videogame for navigating a virtual city through interaction with audio and haptic interfaces, was designed and evaluated. Iconic and end-user usability evaluations of the videogame were administered. The results show that Audiopolis is highly usable and understandable for end users. An ongoing cognitive evaluation of navigation skills as a result of using Audiopolis is being implemented.

Keywords

Usability Evaluation Navigation Orientation and Mobility Haptic and Audio Perception 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaime Sánchez
    • 1
  • Javiera Mascaró
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Center for Advanced Research in Education (CARE)University of ChileSantiagoChile

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