Bone-Conduction Audio Interface to Guide People with Visual Impairments

Lock, Jacobus, Gilchrist, Iain, Cielniak, Grzegorz and Bellotto, Nicola (2019) Bone-Conduction Audio Interface to Guide People with Visual Impairments. In: International Workshop on Assistive Engineering and Information Technology (AEIT 2019), November 12-15, 2019, Guangzhou, China.

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The ActiVis project's aim is to build a mobile guidance aid to help people with limited vision find objects in an unknown environment. This system uses bone-conduction headphones to transmit audio signals to the user and requires an effective non-visual interface. To this end, we propose a new audio-based interface that uses a spatialised signal to convey a target’s position on the horizontal plane. The vertical position on the median plan is given by adjusting the tone’s pitch to overcome the audio localisation limitations of bone-conduction headphones. This interface is validated through a set of experiments with blindfolded and visually impaired participants.

Keywords:human-machine interface, vision impairment, spatialised sound, varying pitch, bone-conduction
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G700 Artificial Intelligence
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
H Engineering > H672 Cybernetics
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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Deposited On:28 Aug 2019 08:27

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