Head Mounted Display Design Tool and Its Evaluation for Simulating Visual Disabilities

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Abstract

This paper describes the use of a head mounted display as a design tool to gain better understanding of the issues faced by visually impaired people. The Oculus Rift Head Mounted Display (HMD) was used to navigate through a virtual 3D city model whilst conducting wayfinding and target location tasks. In addition to the baseline of normal vision, we simulated visual disabilities (macular degeneration. cataracts, glaucoma and myopia), such that the user experienced them in first person. We evaluated the system with 14 design students, who found the system useful and helpful in understanding the challenges faced by the visually impaired. The method can be applied to the early design phases of architectural and space design, where 3D models are increasingly commonly used.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMUM '16
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
EditorsJonna Häkkilä, Timo Ojala
Place of PublicationNew York, USA
PublisherACM
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic) 978-1-4503-4860-7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia - University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Duration: 12 Dec 201615 Dec 2016
Conference number: 15
http://www.mum-conf.org/2016/index.html

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Abbreviated titleMUM '16
Country/TerritoryFinland
CityRovaniemi
Period12.12.201615.12.2016
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Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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