Behavioral characteristics of users with visual impairment in haptically enhanced virtual environments

Shijing Liu, Sangwoo Bahn, Heesun Choi, Chang S. Nam

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Abstract

This study investigated behavioral characteristics of users with visual impairments and tested effect of factors regarding the layout of virtual environments (VEs). Various three-dimensional (3D) VEs were simulated with two different factors: number of objects and layout type (random, symmetric). Using a Novint Falcon haptic device, users with visual impairments were required to complete an object recognition task in 3D VEs with different levels of number of object and layout. The characteristics of their movements (speed, applied force, location, direction, etc.) were recorded, and participants evaluated perceived difficulty after they completed each trial. We analyzed their recorded movements and their rating on perceived difficulty. Results showed that 1) number of objects in 3D VE had significant impact on visually impaired users' behavior; 2) different layout had not showed significant influence on their movement; 3) increased number of objects in 3D VE made the task more difficult; 4) visualized results implied that different users had significant different behavior preference in the same 3D VE. It is expected that the results of this study can improve behavioral understanding of users with visual impairments and guidance for assistive technology development for users with visual impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationInteraction Modalities and Techniques - 15th International Conference, HCI International 2013, Proceedings
Pages618-625
Number of pages8
EditionPART 4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2013 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2013Jul 26 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 4
Volume8007 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2013
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period07/21/1307/26/13

Keywords

  • 3D virtual environment
  • Haptic
  • behavioral pattern

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