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Haptic Wave: A Cross-Modal Interface for Visually Impaired Audio Producers

Tanaka, Atau and Parkinson, Adam. 2016. 'Haptic Wave: A Cross-Modal Interface for Visually Impaired Audio Producers'. In: CHI2017. San Jose, United States 7/5/2016-12/5/2016. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

We present the Haptic Wave, a device that allows cross-modal mapping of digital audio to the haptic domain, intended for use by audio producers/engineers with visual impairments. We describe a series of participatory design activities adapted to non-sighted users where the act of prototyping facilitates dialog. A series of workshops scoping user needs, and test- ing a technology mock up and lo-fidelity prototype fed into the design of a final high-spec prototype. The Haptic Wave was tested in the laboratory, then deployed in real world set- tings in recording studios and audio production facilities. The cross-modal mapping is kinesthetic and allows the direct ma- nipulation of sound without the translation of an existing vi- sual interface. The research gleans insight into working with users with visual impairments, and transforms perspective to think of them as experts in non-visual interfaces for all users.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Identification Number (DOI):

10.1145/2858036.2858304

Additional Information:

Best Paper Award

Keywords:

H.5.2 User Interfaces: Haptic I/O User Centered Design; Multimodal Interaction; Cross modal mapping; Haptic interfaces; Digital audio production

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing

Dates:

DateEvent
9 May 2016Published
1 January 2016Accepted

Event Location:

San Jose, United States

Date range:

7/5/2016-12/5/2016

Item ID:

17509

Date Deposited:

23 Mar 2016 08:42

Last Modified:

20 Jun 2017 13:11

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17509

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