Andreas Kunz, Klaus Miesenberger, Limin Zeng, Gerhard Weber,
"Virtual Navigation Environment for Blind and Low Vision People"
, in K. Miesenberger, G. Kouroupetroglou: Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2018 Proceedings, Serie Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. LNCS, Nummer 10897, Springer, Seite(n) 114, 7-2018, ISBN: 978-3-319-94273-5
Virtual Navigation Environment for Blind and Low Vision People
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Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2018 Proceedings
an important skill for many daily activities. Spatial cognition is one
of the most important human capabilities and addresses the acquisition,
processing and utilization of knowledge about the spatial layout of environments.
Humans predominantly use the visual sense for this and for blind and low vision
people, the lack of spatial perception reduces their quality of life and their ability
of independent living. In particular the spatial navigation in unknown environments
imposes challenges, since there is no possibility to train navigation tasks
in advance. Today, blind and visually impaired people still rely on traditional
navigation aids such as a cane for micro-navigation, which - however - does not
help for developing orientation at larger scale or for planning of routes. To overcome
this problem, this paper introduces the concept of a virtual environment that
allows experiencing unknown locations by real walking while still staying in a
sage controlled environment. Since this virtual environment can be controlled in
its complexity, it can be adjusted from an abstract training scenario to a real-life
situation such as train stations or airports.