Supporting object-level exploration of artworks by touch for people with visual impairments

Nahyun Kwon, Youngji Koh, Uran Oh

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Abstract

One of the reasons that people with visual impairments have difficulties in enjoying artworks is the limited number of accessible artworks. To enable people with visual impairments to explore and understand various artworks independently, we built a touchscreen-based mobile application as a prototype focusing on 2D paintings which plays object-level verbal descriptions upon users' touch. To confirm the needs and to collect initial feedback from potential users of such a system, we conducted an exploratory study with 8 participants with visual impairments using the prototype as a design probe. Overall, participants appreciated the prototype as they can learn artworks with less physical and time constraints while listening for details of contents as they explore each painting by touch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages600-602
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450366762
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Oct 2019
Event21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019 - Pittsburgh, United States
Duration: 28 Oct 201930 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameASSETS 2019 - 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

Conference21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh
Period28/10/1930/10/19

Keywords

  • Art paintings
  • Explore-by-touch
  • Image understanding
  • Visual impairment

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