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A Multimodal Interface Device for Online Board Games Designed for Sight-Impaired People

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3 Author(s)
Caporusso, N. ; Lucca Inst. for Adv. Studies, Instn. Markets Technol. (IMT), Lucca, Italy ; Mkrtchyan, L. ; Badia, L.

Online games between remote opponents playing over computer networks are becoming a common activity of everyday life. However, computer interfaces for board games are usually based on the visual channel. For example, they require players to check their moves on a video display and interact by using pointing devices such as a mouse. Hence, they are not suitable for visually impaired people. The present paper discusses a multipurpose system that allows especially blind and deafblind people playing chess or other board games over a network, therefore reducing their disability barrier. We describe and benchmark a prototype of a special interactive haptic device for online gaming providing a dual tactile feedback. The novel interface of this proposed device is able to guarantee not only a better game experience for everyone but also an improved quality of life for sight-impaired people.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )