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ThinkMind // SMART ACCESSIBILITY 2018, The Third International Conference on Universal Accessibility in the Internet of Things and Smart Environments // View article smart_accessibility_2018_1_20_80045


Haptic Guided Driving with Seated Self-balancing Personal Transporters for People with Deafblindness

Authors:
Andreas Hub
Jutta Cook

Keywords: accessibility; deafblindess; mobility; haptics; self-balancing personal transporter

Abstract:
In this paper, we will present the experiences from our work in progress with a first test drive with a new seated self-balancing personal transporter by an entirely deafblind driver, supported by a guide. Our aim is to help reduce the feeling of isolation and dependency and the restrictions in the range of mobility deafblind people report. Using this personal transporter greatly enlarges the distance a deafblind person can cover in a self-determined way. Being active and moving together constitutes significant, essential social interaction and social participation. It offers a very relaxed atmosphere of independence while fostering a relationship of mutual trust. Within this paper, we describe how it works and also some challenges concerning the deafblind driver’s feelings about missing visual information such as the position, the driving direction and the current velocity. These challenges might be solved in the near future by using additional existing or new haptic devices. We are confident that, this way, we could make significantly enlarged environments accessible in a smart way for people with deafblindness as well as for people with additional physical restrictions.

Pages: 5 to 9

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2018

Publication date: March 25, 2018

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2519-8378

ISBN: 978-1-61208-622-4

Location: Rome, Italy

Dates: from March 25, 2018 to March 29, 2018

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