AR4VI: AR as an Accessibility Tool for People with Visual Impairments

TitleAR4VI: AR as an Accessibility Tool for People with Visual Impairments
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCoughlan, J, Miele, J
Conference NameAR for Good, part of ISMAR 2017
Date Published10/2017
PublisherIEEE
Conference LocationNantes, France
Other NumbersPMCID: PMC5749423
Abstract

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.

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