|Title||AR4VI: AR as an Accessibility Tool for People with Visual Impairments|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Coughlan, J, Miele, J|
|Conference Name||AR for Good, part of ISMAR 2017|
|Conference Location||Nantes, France|
|Other Numbers||PMCID: PMC5749423|
Although AR technology has been largely dominated by visual media, a number of AR tools using both visual and auditory feedback have been developed specifically to assist people with low vision or blindness – an application domain that we term Augmented Reality for Visual Impairment (AR4VI). We describe two AR4VI tools developed at Smith-Kettlewell, as well as a number of pre-existing examples. We emphasize that AR4VI is a powerful tool with the potential to remove or significantly reduce a range of accessibility barriers. Rather than being restricted to use by people with visual impairments, AR4VI is a compelling universal design approach offering benefits for mainstream applications as well.