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Haptic reassurance in the pitch black for an immersive theatre experience

Van Der Linden, J; Rogers, Y; Oshodi, M; Spiers, A; McGoran, D; Cronin, R; O'Dowd, P; (2011) Haptic reassurance in the pitch black for an immersive theatre experience. Presented at: UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

An immersive theatre experience was designed to raise awareness and question perceptions of 'blindness', through enabling both sighted and blind members to experience a similar reality. A multimodal experience was created, comprising ambient sounds and narratives - heard through headphones - and an assortment of themed tactile objects, intended to be felt. In addition, audience members were each provided with a novel haptic device that was designed to enhance their discovery of a pitch-black space. An in the wild study of the cultural experience showed how blind and sighted audience members had different 'felt' experiences, but that neither was a lesser one. Furthermore, the haptic device was found to encourage enactive exploration and provide reassurance of the environment for both sighted and blind people, rather than acting simply as a navigation guide. We discuss the potential of using haptic feedback to create cultural experiences for both blind and sighted people; rethinking current utilitarian framing of it as assistive technology. © 2011 ACM.

Type: Conference item (UNSPECIFIED)
Title: Haptic reassurance in the pitch black for an immersive theatre experience
ISBN-13: 9781450309103
DOI: 10.1145/2030112.2030133
Keywords: blind, haptic feedback, immersive theatre, in-the-wild user study, sensory augmentation, visually impaired
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1327250
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