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

Conference Paper

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.

Conference Name

AR for Good, part of ISMAR 2017

Year of Publication

2017

Date Published

10/2017

Publisher

IEEE

Conference Location

Nantes, France