First insights with a vibrotactile interface for children with multiple disabilities

Manresa-Yee, Cristina and Morrison, Ann and Muntaner, Joan Jordi (2015) First insights with a vibrotactile interface for children with multiple disabilities. In: 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015), 18-23 April 2015, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Designing and evaluating interactive systems for users with multiple disabilities is a challenge due to their cognitive, sensory, physical and behavioral conditions. Vibrotactile interfaces to motivate users' actions exist for users with hearing and sight impairments, but there are hardly any for users with multiple disabilities. We developed V-Sense, a vibrotactile interface that encourages children with multiple disabilities to move their arms by using vibrations and exploiting the saltation perceptual illusion. In this paper we describe our initial experience evaluating the interface with 5 children for 7 weeks and we discuss the first insights concerning the use of the interface and the difficulties encountered while conducting the evaluation sessions.

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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 05:23
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Uncontrolled Keywords: vibrotactile interface; children with special needs; interactive environment; environmental stimulation
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4608 Human-centred computing > 460806 Human-computer interaction
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420318 People with disability
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