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Technological Support for Mobility and Orientation Training: Development of a Smartphone Navigation Aid
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, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada ; , McGill University, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The Directions application for smartphones is a navigation aid for the blind and visually impaired community developed by Canadian students. Directions supports independent travel for the blind by presenting a series of prompts that elicit appropriately detailed travel directions from a sighted individual. This structured audio input can then be reviewed or followed using the accessible touchscreen interface. Designing this application presented many usability challenges, including: development of appropriate task models for the sighted and visually impaired user groups; development of prompts to facilitate verbal communication of a spatial map; and finally, implementation issues with Android’s accessibility services. This paper shares early project experiences and future directions for technological support for mobility and orientation training.

Citation

Sheepy, E. & Salenikovich, S. (2013). Technological Support for Mobility and Orientation Training: Development of a Smartphone Navigation Aid. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 975-980). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 20, 2019 from .

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