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Design and User Satisfaction of Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People

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Multimodal interactive maps are a solution for presenting spatial information to visually impaired people. In this paper, we present an interactive multimodal map prototype that is based on a tactile paper map, a multi-touch screen and audio output. We first describe the different steps for designing an interactive map: drawing and printing the tactile paper map, choice of multi-touch technology, interaction technologies and the software architecture. Then we describe the method used to assess user satisfaction. We provide data showing that an interactive map – although based on a unique, elementary, double tap interaction – has been met with a high level of user satisfaction. Interestingly, satisfaction is independent of a user’s age, previous visual experience or Braille experience. This prototype will be used as a platform to design advanced interactions for spatial learning.

Keywords

  • blind
  • visual impairment
  • accessibility
  • interactive map
  • tactile map
  • multi-touch
  • satisfaction
  • SUS
  • usability

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Brock, A., Truillet, P., Oriola, B., Picard, D., Jouffrais, C. (2012). Design and User Satisfaction of Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People. In: Miesenberger, K., Karshmer, A., Penaz, P., Zagler, W. (eds) Computers Helping People with Special Needs. ICCHP 2012. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7383. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-31534-3_80

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