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Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People: Design, Usability and Spatial Cognition

Anke Brock 1 
1 IRIT-ELIPSE - Etude de L’Interaction Personne SystèmE
IRIT - Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse
Abstract : Knowing the geography of an urban environment is crucial for visually impaired people. Tactile relief maps are generally used, but they retain significant limitations (limited amount of information, use of braille legend, etc.). Recent technological progress allows the development of innovative solutions which overcome these limitations. In this thesis, we present the design of an accessible interactive map through a participatory design process. This map is composed by a multi-touch screen with tactile map overlay and speech output. It provides auditory information when tapping on map elements. We have demonstrated in an experiment that our prototype was more effective and satisfactory for visually impaired users than a simple raised-line map. We also explored and tested different types of advanced non-visual interaction for exploring the map. This thesis demonstrates the importance of interactive tactile maps for visually impaired people and their spatial cognition.
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Anke Brock. Interactive Maps for Visually Impaired People: Design, Usability and Spatial Cognition. Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC]. Université Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier, 2013. English. ⟨NNT : ⟩. ⟨tel-00934643⟩



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