Using tactile rhythm to convey interpersonal distances to individuals who are blind

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Authors:

T. McDaniel, Krishna S, D. Colbry, S. Panchanathan

Source:

27th international conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems (CHI), Boston, Massachusetts, p.4669-4674 (2009)

Abstract:

This paper presents a scheme for using tactile rhythms to convey interpersonal distance to individuals who are blind or visually impaired, with the goal of providing access to non-verbal cues during social interactions. A preliminary experiment revealed that subjects could identify the proposed tactile rhythms and found them intuitive for the given application. Future work aims to improve recognition results and increase the number of interpersonal distances conveyed by incorporating temporal change information into the proposed methodology.

Authors

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Dr. Troy L. McDaniel

Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School; Director, HAPT-X Laboratory; Co-Director, Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC); Co-PI, NSF-NRT grant program, Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living

Sreekar Krishna

Sreekar Krishna

Assistant Research Technologist

Dirk Joel Luchini Colbry

Dirk Joel Luchini Colbry

Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Dr. Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan

Director, National Science Foundation