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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-019-18-2677


Development of Navigation Skills through Audio Haptic Videogaming in Learners who are Blind

Jaime Sánchez (University of Chile, Chile)

Marcia de Borba Campos (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande, Brazil)

Abstract: This study presents the development of a video game with audio and haptic interfaces that allows for the stimulation of orientation and mobility skills in people who are blind through the use of virtual environments. We evaluate the usability and the impact of the use of an audio and haptic-based videogame on the development of orientation and mobility skills in school-age learners who are blind. The results show that the interfaces used in the videogame are usable and appropriately designed, and that the haptic interface is as effective as the audio interface for orientation and mobility purposes.

Keywords: haptic and audio interfaces, mobility, orientation, people who are blind

Categories: H.3.1, H.3.2, H.3.3, H.3.7, H.5.1