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Factors that Impact the Acceptability of On-Body Interaction by Users with Visual Impairments

Abstract : On-body interaction is a growing alternative way of controlling everyday interactive devices. Despite on-body gestures being natural for humans, there is still a lack of research on how this type of interaction can improve accessibility for people with visual disabilities. The first step must be to acknowledge if users from this population group are willing to use on-body interaction for mobile interaction scenarios and under what conditions. In this article we present a qualitative study with 18 interviewees to understand what factors impact the willingness of visually impaired users to control their mobile devices through on-body interaction in different environments and settings. We observed a set of factors and conditions that affect positively or negatively their willingness to use on-body interaction. The factors range from the location and type of audience to safety, privacy, and embarrassment or even the characteristics of the gestures themselves.
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David Costa, Carlos Duarte. Factors that Impact the Acceptability of On-Body Interaction by Users with Visual Impairments. 17th IFIP Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), Sep 2019, Paphos, Cyprus. pp.267-287, ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-29381-9_17⟩. ⟨hal-02544563⟩



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