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Developing a chairable computing platform to support power wheelchair users

Developing a chairable computing platform to support power wheelchair users SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 111 January 2015 DEVELOPING A CHAIRABLE COMPUTING PLATFORM TO SUPPORT POWER WHEELCHAIR USERS Patrick Carrington UMBC carpat1@umbc.edu Introduction Power wheelchair users often use and carry multiple mobile computing devices. Many wheelchair users experience motor impairments that affect their hands, arms, neck, and head. Additionally, a power wheelchair user's ability to interact with computing technology may be physically restricted by the wheelchair's frame, which can obstruct movement or limit reach. We believe these accessibility issues can be overcome by designing new systems to take advantage of the physical abilities of the user while leveraging the wheelchair's frame to create assistive systems. We also hope to make progress toward limiting social barriers that hinder technology adoption. This could potentially improve the overall benefit of emerging technologies for people with varying abilities. With this research I aim to develop an interactive wheelchair-based computing platform designed to support the unique and dynamic needs of power wheelchair users while also creating new interaction possibilities. Related Work Designing Wheelchair-Based Technology There are several examples of intelligent wheelchairs that leverage alternative controls or operation methods for supporting mobility and navigation for people with severe mobility impairments. These solutions range from intelligent and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Developing a chairable computing platform to support power wheelchair users

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Association for Computing Machinery
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by ACM Inc.
ISSN
1558-2337
DOI
10.1145/2809904.2809911
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SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 111 January 2015 DEVELOPING A CHAIRABLE COMPUTING PLATFORM TO SUPPORT POWER WHEELCHAIR USERS Patrick Carrington UMBC carpat1@umbc.edu Introduction Power wheelchair users often use and carry multiple mobile computing devices. Many wheelchair users experience motor impairments that affect their hands, arms, neck, and head. Additionally, a power wheelchair user's ability to interact with computing technology may be physically restricted by the wheelchair's frame, which can obstruct movement or limit reach. We believe these accessibility issues can be overcome by designing new systems to take advantage of the physical abilities of the user while leveraging the wheelchair's frame to create assistive systems. We also hope to make progress toward limiting social barriers that hinder technology adoption. This could potentially improve the overall benefit of emerging technologies for people with varying abilities. With this research I aim to develop an interactive wheelchair-based computing platform designed to support the unique and dynamic needs of power wheelchair users while also creating new interaction possibilities. Related Work Designing Wheelchair-Based Technology There are several examples of intelligent wheelchairs that leverage alternative controls or operation methods for supporting mobility and navigation for people with severe mobility impairments. These solutions range from intelligent and

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jan 29, 2015

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