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Title: Enhancing musical experience for the hearing - impaired using visual and haptic displays
Keywords: Assistive technologies for persons with disabilities, haptic feedback, music visualisation, auditory feedback and strategies, multi-modal Interaction
Issue Date: 15-Aug-2009
Citation: SURANGA CHANDIMA NANAYAKKARA (2009-08-15). Enhancing musical experience for the hearing - impaired using visual and haptic displays. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This dissertation addresses the broad question of understanding whether and how a combination of tactile and visual information could be used to enhance the musical experience for the hearing-impaired. The proposed system has two main components¿a vibrating ¿Haptic Chair¿ and a computer display. The Haptic Chair provides a sensory input of vibrations via touch by amplifying the vibrations produced by the music; the visual display has visual effects corresponding to the features of the music. Rigorous user studies showed that the system is capable of significantly improving the music listing experience of the hearing-impaired. Apart from this, the proposed system has the potential to be a valuable aid for speech therapy and could also be used to provide a sense of the general acoustic environment for the hearing-impaired. The findings presented in this dissertation would provide an important knowledge base to the researchers in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for developing systems for the hearing-impaired.
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