Many of our findings and results of user tests have been used for publication at the most relevant and well-known research conferences. For a list of our pubilcations, please refer to the sections below.

Multi-Modal Interaction with Mobiles and Wearables for People with Impairments

FH-Prof. DI (FH) Dr. Mirjam Augstein, Daniel Albin Kern MSc BSc, Ing. Thomas Neumayr BA MA, FH-Prof. DI Dr. Werner Christian Kurschl, Mag. Thomas Burger, FH-Prof. Mag. Dr. Josef Altmann, Collaboration Meets Interactive Surfaces (CMIS): Walls, Tables, Mobiles, and Wearables, Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces 2015, Funchal - Madeira, Portugal

People with impairments are often forced to use special and mostly expensive hardware for the interaction with computer systems, or, in case these devices cannot be afforded, are confronted with very limited interaction options. The IAAA project aims at reducing the barriers by analyzing and modeling people’s interaction with computers, supporting the interaction process by automated adaptation to the user’s individual needs and by exploring new interaction methods for the target group. Recently, efforts were made to enhance the interaction by including wearable technology and mobile devices. A prototype involving a smartwatch and the Myo armband was developed. The wearables are used i) to provide haptic feedback to the user during the interaction with the phone, ii) to implement new forms of interaction (e.g., shaking the arm) and iii) to measure the physical effort involved with a user’s interaction with a device (in order to derive physical strain). This paper describes the prototypes, the ideas behind and initial experiences with them.

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In the meantime, the project was successfully completed. Some material might still be up for publication.

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This year's Mensch und Computer conference was held in Aachen, Germany from Sunday, 4th through Wednesday 7th of September.

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Students and staff of our university tested 2 prototypes and the commercially available Leap Motion controller...

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