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Abstract

Good social skills are important and provide for a healthy, successful life; however, individuals with visual impairments are at a disadvantage when interacting with sighted peers due to inaccessible non-verbal cues. This paper presents a haptic (vibrotactile) belt to assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired by communicating non-verbal cues during social interactions. We focus on non-verbal communication pertaining to the relative location of the communicators with respect to the user in terms of direction and distance. Results from two experiments show that the haptic belt is effective in using vibration location and duration to communicate the relative direction and distance, respectively, of an individual in the user's visual field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHAVE 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games Proceedings
Pages13-18
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event7th Edition IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2008 - Ottawa, ON, Canada
Duration: Oct 18 2008Oct 19 2008

Publication series

NameHAVE 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games Proceedings

Other

Other7th Edition IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games, HAVE 2008
CountryCanada
CityOttawa, ON
Period10/18/0810/19/08

Keywords

  • Assistive technology
  • Haptic belt
  • Haptic display
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Social interaction
  • Tactile cues
  • Tactile display
  • Vibrotactile cues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics

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    McDaniel, T., Krishna, S., Balasubramanian, V., Colbry, D., & Panchanathan, S. (2008). Using a haptic belt to convey non-verbal communication cues during social interactions to individuals who are blind. In HAVE 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games Proceedings (pp. 13-18). [4685291] (HAVE 2008 - IEEE International Workshop on Haptic Audio Visual Environments and Games Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1109/HAVE.2008.4685291