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Call for vision impaired to participate in study

People who are vision impaired or blind are invited to take part in study that will investigate the use of new technology for presenting sport broadcasting on TV based on 3D audio. Survey participants will be presented with a 10-15 seconds long video and audio recordings of a tennis match, wearing a headphone and sitting in front of a TV.

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After each recording, questions will be asked about the video and audio clip followed by any comments and suggestions on the experience and the usability of the technology. The user will also be taught how to use the technology. The studies will take between 60-90 minutes.

Sport broadcasting is a great way to bring people together. It increases social cohesion and sports participation, as people can bond and form communities through a shared experience of watching and supporting their favourite teams, chief investigator, Dr Cagatay Goncu told F2L. “However it is not easy, almost impossible, for a blind person to follow a live match on television. In this study, we want to investigate the use of 3D audio to provide the visual information presented on a television broadcast.”

Goncu is a co-founder of RaisedPixels, a company that focuses on making graphics accessible to people with vision impairment by using multi-touch screens augmented with audio and haptic feedback.

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Those interested in participating in the study will be sent an explanatory statement providing more details and the tasks involved.

For more information email: [email protected]

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