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SEEstem Wearable navigation device for people with visual impairments

SEEstem Wearable navigation device for people with visual impairments

Esteves, Paula Iunes Salles; Martinez, Andressa Carmo Pena; Vegi, Lucas Francisco da Matta; Cardoso, Igor Rodrigues; Rocha, Mauro Nacif; Ferreira, Ricardo dos Santos; Santos, Denise Mônaco dos;

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Visually impaired people represent a large amount of the Brazilian population.However, although a wide range of existing legislation ensures accessibility, mostof the Brazilian public spaces are inadequate to accommodate disabled citizens.In this context, this paper presents a digital device, which combines thesmartphone technologies with Arduino microcontrollers, for orientation andobstacle detection. We tested the minimum viable product and the first vestprototype through a user-centered usability test, which combines HCIassessments to other techniques, such as semi-structured interviews. As known,these wearable devices and mobile applications are in the center of the Internet ofThings discussion. This study is expected to be an alternative for the urbanmobility of visually impaired people, allowing them to have a more active andindependent behavior in public spaces.

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Visually impaired people represent a large amount of the Brazilian population.However, although a wide range of existing legislation ensures accessibility, mostof the Brazilian public spaces are inadequate to accommodate disabled citizens.In this context, this paper presents a digital device, which combines thesmartphone technologies with Arduino microcontrollers, for orientation andobstacle detection. We tested the minimum viable product and the first vestprototype through a user-centered usability test, which combines HCIassessments to other techniques, such as semi-structured interviews. As known,these wearable devices and mobile applications are in the center of the Internet ofThings discussion. This study is expected to be an alternative for the urbanmobility of visually impaired people, allowing them to have a more active andindependent behavior in public spaces.

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DOI: 10.5151/proceedings-ecaadesigradi2019_438

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Esteves, Paula Iunes Salles; Martinez, Andressa Carmo Pena; Vegi, Lucas Francisco da Matta; Cardoso, Igor Rodrigues; Rocha, Mauro Nacif; Ferreira, Ricardo dos Santos; Santos, Denise Mônaco dos; "SEEstem Wearable navigation device for people with visual impairments", p. 681-690 . In: Proceedings of 37 eCAADe and XXIII SIGraDi Joint Conference, “Architecture in the Age of the 4Th Industrial Revolution”, Porto 2019, Sousa, José Pedro; Henriques, Gonçalo Castro; Xavier, João Pedro (eds.). São Paulo: Blucher, 2019.
ISSN 2318-6968, DOI 10.5151/proceedings-ecaadesigradi2019_438

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