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Inclusive design for a digital world: designing with accessibility in mind
Gilbert R., Apress, New York, NY, 2019. 272 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484250-15-0)
Having taught courses in user-centered design (UCD) and human-computer interaction (HCI) for over 20 years, I am familiar with both the history of the field and the methods and tools currently in use. On several occasions, I’ve also had the ...
Sep 7 2021
"Accessibility came by accident": use of voice-controlled intelligent personal assistants by people with disabilities
Pradhan A., Mehta K., Findlater L. CHI 2018 (Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, QC, Canada, Apr 21-26, 2018) 1-13, 2018. Type: Proceedings
Intelligent personal assistants (IPAs) are software packages designed to assist people with basic tasks. They are usually based on voice interaction, as input and output, and natural language understanding, and with the advent of voice-first devic...
Jun 23 2020
Smart assisted living: toward an open smart-home infrastructure
Chen F., García-Betances R., Chen L., Cabrera-Umpiérrez M., Nugent C., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 342 pp. Type: Book (978-3-030255-89-3)
With an aging population and an ever-growing connection of smart devices, there hasn’t been a more appropriate time for this type of book. Ubiquitous computing has revolutionized the way that health can be managed. Equipping people with devi...
Feb 5 2020
Inferring user intents from motion in hearing healthcare
Johansen B., Korzepa M., Petersen M., Pontoppidan N., Larsen J. UbiComp 2018 (Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Joint Conference and 2018 International Symposium on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Wearable Computers, Singapore, Oct 8-12, 2018) 670-675, 2018. Type: Proceedings
This short, interesting paper combines the activity that can be detected via a smartphone with the soundscape that encompasses a person. The smartphone can be used to assess the overall sound that surrounds an individual....
Jan 30 2019
Internet of Things and smart environments: assistive technologies for disability, dementia, and aging
Shahrestani S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 135 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319601-63-2)
I approached this book with very high hopes: the Internet of Things (IoT) is a major emerging technology; dealing with aging populations is a growing concern; and Springer typically publishes excellent books. Sadly, I was disappointed....
Nov 5 2018
Sound-based assistive technology: support to hearing, speaking and seeing
Ifukube T., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2017. 239 pp. Type: Book (978-3-319479-96-5)
As individuals are living longer lives, there is considerable interest in assistive technologies: those devices designed with the goal of supporting individuals with impairments from age or other causes. The author is an expert in the field, havin...
Feb 7 2018
Autism and technology: beyond assistance & intervention
Frauenberger C., Good J., Pares N. CHI EA 2016 (Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Santa Clara, CA, May 7-12, 2016) 3373-3378, 2016. Type: Proceedings
This publication presents the underlying philosophy of the “Autism and Technology: Beyond Assistance & Interventions” workshop on various aspects of the design principles and impact of technological tools that could be used as learning...
Jun 14 2017
A multimodal end-2-end approach to accessible computing (2nd ed.)
Biswas P., Duarte C., Langdon P., Almeida L., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2015. 336 pp. Type: Book (978-1-447167-07-5)
Today, communication applications and devices such as smartphones are mostly designed for common use. However, they feature a plethora of complex functionalities that make their use difficult for certain groups of people. Thus, elderly populations...
Dec 12 2016
Indoor wayfinding and navigation
Karimi H., CRC Press, Inc., Boca Raton, FL, 2015. 266 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482230-84-0)
Dealing with indoor localization and navigation is an interdisciplinary problem. Particular views are distributed into 11 chapters. Even if some of them may seem less interesting than others, I encourage reading all of them; on the other hand, mos...
Sep 9 2016
Music therapy on interactive surfaces to improve sensorimotor problems of children with autism
Cibrian F. ACM SIGACCESS Accessibility and Computing (114): 20-24, 2016. Type: Article
Children with autism have difficulties with eye-hand coordination (visual-motor coordination) and rhythmic coordination of perception and action (sensorimotor synchronization) . Music therapy is one of the most popular methods for helping child...
Jul 13 2016
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