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In recent years, the inclusion of persons with visual impairments (PVI) is taking tremendous steps, especially with regards to group meetings. However, a significant part of communication is conveyed through non-verbal communication which is commonly inaccessible, such as deictic pointing gestures or the mimics and body language of participants. MAPVI proposes new technologies on making meetings more accessible for PVIs. Therefore, we explore which relevant information has to be tracked and how those can be sensed for the users. Finally, those captured information get translated into a multitude of haptic feedback to make them accessible.

In summary, the goal of this project is to research the basic accessibility layers to allow blind users to fully participate in team meetings using room wide spatially distributed and NVC related information.

For doing so, it uses the competences and the proven quality of cooperation of three labs in Switzerland (ETH Zurich), Germany (TU Darmstadt), and Austria (University of Linz).


Link to the official MAPVI page


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