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Musical Haptic Wearables for Synchronisation of Visually-impaired Performers: a Co-design Approach

Turchet, L; Baker, D; Stockman, T; (2021) Musical Haptic Wearables for Synchronisation of Visually-impaired Performers: a Co-design Approach. In: IMX '21: ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences. (pp. pp. 20-27). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

The emergence of new technologies is providing opportunities to develop novel solutions that facilitate the integration of visually-impaired people in different activities of our daily life, including collective music making. This paper presents a study conducted with visually-impaired music performers, which involved a participatory approach to the design of accessible technologies for musical communication in group playing. We report on three workshops that were conducted together with members of an established ensemble of solely visually-impaired musicians. The first workshop focused on the identification of the participants’ needs during the activity of playing in groups and how technology could satisfy such needs. The second and third workshops investigated, respectively, the activities of choir singing and instrument playing in ensemble, focusing on the key issue of synchronisation that was identified in the first workshop. The workshops involved prototypes of musical haptic wearables, which were co-designed and evaluated by the participants. Overall, results indicate that wireless tactile communication represents a promising avenue to cater effectively to the needs of visually-impaired performers.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Musical Haptic Wearables for Synchronisation of Visually-impaired Performers: a Co-design Approach
Event: ACM International Conference on Interactive Media Experiences (IMX '21)
Location: New York, USA
Dates: 21 June 2021 - 23 June 2021
ISBN-13: 9781450383899
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3452918.3458803
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3452918.3458803
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: Musical Haptic Wearables; Visually-impaired Performers; Internet of Musical Things; Musical Haptics; Accessibility
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10125779
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