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Through our work on haptics and electronic textiles we explore how touch based interactions can enrich cultural experiences so that they are inclusive for blind and visually impaired people. The approach focuses on the accessibility of arts and culture, and does this by placing technologies at the heart of such experiences, rather than acting as a form of translation and intermediary. This work has been in collaboration with theatre for blind and visually impaired visitors and actors, in museums and galleries to create accessible visitor experiences and with community groups.
Spiers, Adam J., van der Linden, Janet, Wiseman, Sarah, Oshodi, Maria, Testing a Shape-Changing Haptic Navigation Device With Vision-Impaired and Sighted Audiences in an Immersive Theater Setting