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Degraded Reality: Using VR/AR to simulate visual impairments

Jones, PR; Ometto, G; (2018) Degraded Reality: Using VR/AR to simulate visual impairments. In: 2018 IEEE Workshop on Augmented and Virtual Realities for Good (VAR4Good). IEEE Green open access

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Abstract

The effects of eye disease cannot be depicted accurately using traditional media. Consequently, public understanding of eye disease is often poor. We present a VR/AR system for simulating common visual impairments, including disability glare, spatial distortions (Metamorphopsia), the selective blurring and filling-in of information across the visual field, and color vision deficits. Unlike most existing simulators, the simulations are informed by patients’ self-reported symptoms, can be quantitatively manipulated to provide custom disease profiles, and support gaze-contingent presentation (i.e., when using a VR/AR headset that contains eye-tracking technology, such as the Fove0). Such a simulator could be used as a teaching/empathy aid, or as a tool for evaluating the accessibility of new products and environments.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Degraded Reality: Using VR/AR to simulate visual impairments
Event: IEEE Workshop on Augmented and Virtual Realities for Good (VAR4Good), 18-18 March 2018, Reutlingen, Germany
ISBN-13: 978-1-5386-5977-9
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1109/VAR4GOOD.2018.8576885
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1109/VAR4GOOD.2018.8576885
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Visualization , Kernel , Image color analysis , Diseases , Distortion , Augmented reality , Retina, Computing methodologies—Graphics systems and interfaces—Mixed / augmented reality , Computing methodologies— Computer graphics—Image manipulation—Image processing , Modeling and simulation—Simulation types and techniques—Real-time simulation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Institute of Ophthalmology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10065529
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