AEGIS

Haptic RIA Maps

"Haptic RIA Maps" is a web application (developed and funded by EU FP7 AEGIS project) that enables haptic exploration of any map area supported by the online OpenStreetMap web service. All 3D map data are automatically generated by the application. Moreover all audio messages (about road names, crossroads, POIs, etc.) are automatically generated on-the-fly, taking into account cursor’s current position. During haptic exploration, the visually impaired user is informed about his/her current position via audio messages (if cursor is on a road, user can be informed about current road’s name / if cursor is on a POI, user can hear POI’s description). The user may also be informed about the distance between current position and the next crossroad (the application takes into account user’s moving direction) as well as the road names of the intersected roads. A sonification mechanism (5 different sounds with different pitch) provides a quick and easy way for realizing the distance between current position and the next crossroad. Additionally, user can be informed via audio messages about the distance between current position and all the POIs of the map area as well as the position of each POI relative with user’s current position (north, south, west, east, north-west, north-east, south-west, south-east).

 

Haptic RIA Maps v1 video demonstration

 

Haptic RIA Maps v2 video demonstration

Relevant publications

Journals:

  1. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "Open Touch/Sound Maps: A system to convey street data through haptic and auditory feedback", Computers & Geosciences, Vol. 57, pp. 59-67, Elsevier (2013), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cageo.2013.03.005

Conferences:

  1. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "A Mobile Interactive Maps Application for a Visually Impaired Audience", The Paciello Group Web Accessibility Challenge - W4A 2013, 10th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, 13-15 May 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, P. Moschonas, D. Tzovaras, "HapticRiaMaps: Towards Interactive exploration of Web World maps for the Visually Impaired", W4A2011 – Microsoft Challenge, Co-Located with the 20th International World Wide Web Conference, March 28-29, 2011, Hyderabad, India.

 

Open Touch/Sound Maps

Open Touch/Sound Maps is a mobile application that enables haptic exploration of OpenStreetMap data for the visually impaired users.

 

Demonstration movie for the "Open Touch/Sound Maps"

Relevant publications:

Conferences:

  1. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "A Mobile Interactive Maps Application for a Visually Impaired Audience", The Paciello Group Web Accessibility Challenge - W4A 2013, 10th International Cross-Disciplinary Conference on Web Accessibility, 13-15 May 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2. N. Kaklanis, K. Votis, D. Tzovaras, "Touching OpenStreetMap Data in Mobile Context for the Visually Impaired", CHI 2013 Mobile Accessibility Workshop, April 28, 2013, Paris, France