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The development of novel eyes-free exercise technologies using participatory design

The development of novel eyes-free exercise technologies using participatory design The Development of Novel Eyes-Free Exercise Technologies Using Participatory Design Kyle Rector Computer Science and Engineering DUB Group | University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195 rectorky@cs.washington.edu Abstract People who are blind or low vision may have a harder time participating in exercise classes due to inaccessibility, travel difficulties, or lack of experience. My dissertation research will attempt to lower the barrier between people who are blind or low-vision and exercising independently. Three new fitness technologies will be developed: Eyes-Free Yoga, EyesFree Rock Climbing, and Eyes-Free Track Running. In addition, I plan on collaborating with the visually impaired and those who are involved in their fitness. This will materialize into a focus group and a list of priorities for Eyes-Free Exercise Technology. So far, I have completed Eyes-Free Yoga and completed formative work toward Eyes-Free Rock Climbing. With participatory design and collaboration, I hope to design and develop technologies that will be beneficial for blind and low-vision wellness. Introduction Research studies indicate that people who are blind or low vision are generally not as healthy as people without disabilities. They are more likely to be obese [1], [10] and to report poor, fair, or worsening health. Youth and adolescents http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing Association for Computing Machinery

The development of novel eyes-free exercise technologies using participatory design

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Association for Computing Machinery
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Copyright © 2014 by ACM Inc.
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1558-2337
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10.1145/2591357.2591365
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The Development of Novel Eyes-Free Exercise Technologies Using Participatory Design Kyle Rector Computer Science and Engineering DUB Group | University of Washington Seattle, WA 98195 rectorky@cs.washington.edu Abstract People who are blind or low vision may have a harder time participating in exercise classes due to inaccessibility, travel difficulties, or lack of experience. My dissertation research will attempt to lower the barrier between people who are blind or low-vision and exercising independently. Three new fitness technologies will be developed: Eyes-Free Yoga, EyesFree Rock Climbing, and Eyes-Free Track Running. In addition, I plan on collaborating with the visually impaired and those who are involved in their fitness. This will materialize into a focus group and a list of priorities for Eyes-Free Exercise Technology. So far, I have completed Eyes-Free Yoga and completed formative work toward Eyes-Free Rock Climbing. With participatory design and collaboration, I hope to design and develop technologies that will be beneficial for blind and low-vision wellness. Introduction Research studies indicate that people who are blind or low vision are generally not as healthy as people without disabilities. They are more likely to be obese [1], [10] and to report poor, fair, or worsening health. Youth and adolescents

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ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and ComputingAssociation for Computing Machinery

Published: Jan 1, 2014

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