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Interactive audio-tactile maps for visually impaired people

Interactive audio-tactile maps for visually impaired people SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 113 October 2015 INTERACTIVE AUDIO-TACTILE MAPS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE Anke Brock Inria Bordeaux, France anke.brock@inria.fr Christophe Jouffrais CNRS & Université de Toulouse; IRIT; France christophe.jouffrais@irit.fr Introduction Visually impaired people face important challenges related to orientation and mobility. Indeed, 56% of visually impaired people in France declared having problems concerning autonomous mobility [10]. These problems often mean that visually impaired people travel less, which influences their personal and professional life and can lead to exclusion from society [28]. Therefore this issue presents a social challenge as well as an important research area. Accessible geographic maps are helpful for acquiring knowledge about a city's or neighborhood's configuration, as well as selecting a route to reach a destination. Traditionally, raised-line paper maps with braille text have been used. These maps have proved to be efficient for the acquisition of spatial knowledge by visually impaired people. Yet, these maps possess significant limitations [37]. For instance, due to the specificities of the tactile sense only a limited amount of information can be displayed on a single map, which dramatically increases the number of maps that are needed. For the same reason, it is difficult to represent specific information such http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

Interactive audio-tactile maps for visually impaired people

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2015 by ACM Inc.
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1558-2337
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10.1145/2850440.2850441
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SIGACCESS Newsletter Issue 113 October 2015 INTERACTIVE AUDIO-TACTILE MAPS FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE Anke Brock Inria Bordeaux, France anke.brock@inria.fr Christophe Jouffrais CNRS & Université de Toulouse; IRIT; France christophe.jouffrais@irit.fr Introduction Visually impaired people face important challenges related to orientation and mobility. Indeed, 56% of visually impaired people in France declared having problems concerning autonomous mobility [10]. These problems often mean that visually impaired people travel less, which influences their personal and professional life and can lead to exclusion from society [28]. Therefore this issue presents a social challenge as well as an important research area. Accessible geographic maps are helpful for acquiring knowledge about a city's or neighborhood's configuration, as well as selecting a route to reach a destination. Traditionally, raised-line paper maps with braille text have been used. These maps have proved to be efficient for the acquisition of spatial knowledge by visually impaired people. Yet, these maps possess significant limitations [37]. For instance, due to the specificities of the tactile sense only a limited amount of information can be displayed on a single map, which dramatically increases the number of maps that are needed. For the same reason, it is difficult to represent specific information such

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Nov 24, 2015

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