An Audio Haptic Tool for Visually Impaired Web Users

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Executive Summary

An application that functions as a browser has been created for visually impaired web users. It is distinctive from popular browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome as it is designed specifically for partially sighted and blind web users. The custom browser provides the feel of website elements via sense of touch (Hap-tic feedback), combined with speech synthesis. Force and sound feedback are provided through a virtual reality environment containing representations of 3D web elements from the accessed website. This paper presents preliminary findings from the browser design and implementation of Hap-tic and audio web element representation. Future work aims at creating a complete 3D web browser with an interactive GUI that supports various features of existing browsers such as History, Favorites, Help and Image data.

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