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2 February 2012

Haptic Lotus – A different take on accessible technologies

Location: Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm

What would it take for blind people to enjoy a painting, a film or a play in a similar way to those who can see them? How could new technologies be designed to facilitate comparable cultural experiences that are accessible by all? In this talk I will present our work with a theatre project that explores how rich cultural experiences for blind and sighted audiences can be created using novel haptic technologies – that is, technologies that are based on the sense of touch. In particular I discuss the development of the Haptic Lotus, a flower that opens and closes its petals as it accompanies people through the dark. BIO: Janet is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing at the Open University. Her research is in HCI and ubicomp, in particular in the area of embodied interaction and the use of novel wearable technologies and multi modal feedback. She has experience of conducting ‘in the wild studies’ with different groups of users, including professional violin players, young children and blind and sighted members of an audience in an immersive theatre.

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Contact: mailto:h.c.sharp@open.ac.uk