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dc.contributor.authorPaneels, Sabrina A.
dc.contributor.authorVarenne, Dylan
dc.contributor.authorBlum, Jeffrey R.
dc.contributor.authorCooperstock, Jeremy R.
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-02T00:09:45Z
dc.date.available2014-04-02T00:09:45Z
dc.date.issued2013-07
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2013). Lodz, Poland. 6-9 July 2013. International Community for Auditory Display, 2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/51516
dc.descriptionPresented at the 19th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2013) on July 6-9, 2013 in Lodz, Poland.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe visually impaired community still faces many challenges with safely navigating their environment. They rely heavily on speech-based GPS in addition to their usual guiding help. However, GPS-based systems do not help with veering issues, which affect the ability of the visually impaired to maintain a straight path. Some research systems provide feedback intended to correct veering, but these tend to employ bulky, custom hardware. In response, we implemented our "Walking Straight" application on an existing consumer device, taking advantage of the built-in sensors on smartphones. First, we investigated whether a continuous or discrete form of non-speech audio feedback was more effective in keeping participants on a straight path. The most effective form was then tested with nine blind participants. The promising results demonstrate that Walking Straight significantly reduced the participants' deviation from a straight path as compared to their usual behaviour, e.g., with a guide dog or cane, without affecting their pace.en_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.subjectAuditory displayen_US
dc.subjectVisually impaireden_US
dc.subjectVeeringen_US
dc.titleThe Walking Straight Mobile Application: Helping the Visually Impaired Avoid Veeringen_US
dc.typeProceedingsen_US
dc.contributor.corporatenameMcGill Universityen_US
dc.publisher.originalInternational Community for Auditory Displayen_US
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