Title: Making mobile map applications accessible for visually impaired people
Authors : Darvishy, Alireza
Hutter, Hans-Peter
Frei, Jasmin
et. al : No
Proceedings: Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies : Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies (IHIET 2019), August 22-24, 2019, Nice, France
Pages : 396
Pages to: 400
Conference details: International Conference on Human Interaction and Emerging Technologies, Nice, France, 22-24 August 2019
Editors of the parent work: Ahram, Tareq
Taiar, Redha
Colson, Serge
Choplin, Arnaud
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Springer
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Cham
Issue Date: 2019
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Series : Advances in intelligent systems and computing
Series volume: 1018
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Visual impairment; Accessible map; Accessibility; Output modality
Subject (DDC) : 004: Computer science
305: Social groups
Abstract: Mobile map applications have become a ubiquitous and important tool for navigation and exploration. However, existing map applications are heavily based on visual information, and are targeted towards persons with normal vision. Users with visual impairments face significant barriers when using these apps – currently, no major map app offers an accessible, intuitive or understandable presentation of map data in a non-visual format. The goal of this ongoing research project is to explore how mobile map application data can be displayed in an accessible and understandable way for visually impaired persons. As a first step, existing solutions were researched, identified and analysed. It was found that information retention is highest when a combination of different output modalities is used. Three major non-visual modalities were identified: Voice output (speech synthesis), ambient sounds (e.g. running water, birdsong, etc.), and vibration patterns. An initial prototype was created which combines all of these modalities, and first user tests were performed. Based on the test results, new iterations of the app are being developed. These will be tested and improved, after which a proof of concept will be developed, and ultimately a functioning app will be created and tested by target users.
Departement: School of Engineering
Organisational Unit: Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT)
Publication type: Conference paper
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-030-25629-6_61
ISBN: 978-3-030-25628-9
978-3-030-25629-6
ISSN: 2194-5357
2194-5365
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/18189
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