Landmark Identification with Wearables for Supporting Spatial Awareness by Blind Persons

Publication/Creation Date
September 9 2015
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent
This paper describes our research on feedback mechanisms of wearable's for supporting indoor landmark identification in the context of blind pedestrians’ mobility. It contributes with a promising alternative to audible patterns, which are consistently related to the 'masking phenomenon'. It also contributes with many lessons and insights that could benefit the designer of wearable's for blind users. We started from an observational study followed by co-creation workshops with designers and potential users. The resulting prototypes were used in two Case Studies. The first study investigated the occurrence of 'masking', a problem caused by technology that affects negatively the sensorial perception of the wearer. The second study investigated the usefulness of the wearable's for the identification of landmarks. The wearable succeeded in both tests for the particular context in which it was used.

Presented at the Quantifying and Communicating through Wearable's Panel Session, UBICOMP 2015
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Marketing Keywords
White Martins, UBICOMP 2015

Date archived
October 5 2015
Last edited
October 7 2019
How to cite this entry
Wallace Ugulino, Hugo Fuks. (September 9 2015). "Landmark Identification with Wearables for Supporting Spatial Awareness by Blind Persons". 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2015). International Joint Conference On Pervasive And Ubiquitous Computing. Fabric of Digital Life.