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Imagining future technologies: eTextile weaving workshops with blind and visually impaired people

Giles, Emilie and van der Linden, Janet (2015). Imagining future technologies: eTextile weaving workshops with blind and visually impaired people. In: Proceedings of the 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition, ACM, pp. 3–12.

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The traditional approach for developing assistive technologies for blind and visually impaired users is to focus on problems and to try and resolve them by compensating for the loss of vision. In this research we took the approach of involving blind and visually impaired people, from a range of ages, in a hands-on making activity using an eTextile physical computing toolkit. Our aim was to create an environment where people could both make and learn form each other, but also where they would share their thoughts and imagine future scenarios for the technologies they were developing. We observed highly creative ways of working at all levels, from unique weaving techniques to choices in fabrics and materials, as well as expressions of personal preferences. We discuss the ‘inhome enjoyment’ scenarios sketched by the participants and point to the role of creative workshops and eTextile toolkits as a tool for imagining future technologies.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 ACM
ISBN: 1-4503-3598-5, 978-1-4503-3598-0
Keywords: eTextiles; weaving; visual impairment; dual impairment; future technologies; participatory design; accessible technology; haptic technology
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 42594
Depositing User: Janet van der Linden
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2015 09:59
Last Modified: 28 May 2019 21:57
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