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Title: An enhanced musical experience for the deaf: Design and evaluation of a music display and a haptic chair
Authors: Nanayakkara, S. 
Taylor, E.
Wyse, L.
Ong, S.H. 
Keywords: Assistive technology
Haptic. music visualisation
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Nanayakkara, S.,Taylor, E.,Wyse, L.,Ong, S.H. (2009). An enhanced musical experience for the deaf: Design and evaluation of a music display and a haptic chair. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings : 337-346. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Music is a multi-dimensional experience informed by much more than hearing alone, and is thus accessible to people of all hearing abilities. In this paper we describe a prototype system designed to enrich the experience of music for the deaf by enhancing sensory input of information via channels other than in-air audio reception by the ear. The system has two main components-a vibrating 'Haptic Chair' and a computer display of informative visual effects that correspond to features of the music. The Haptic Chair provides sensory input of vibrations via touch. This system was developed based on an initial concept guided by information obtained from a background survey conducted with deaf people from multi-ethnic backgrounds and feedback received from two profoundly deaf musicians. A formal user study with 43 deaf participants suggested that the prototype system enhances the musical experience of a deaf person. All of the users preferred either the Haptic Chair alone ($4%) or the Haptic Chair with the visual display (46%). The prototype system, especially the Haptic Chair was so enthusiastically received by our subjects that it is possible this system might significantly change the way the deaf community experiences music. Copyright 2009 ACM.
Source Title: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
ISBN: 9781605582474
DOI: 10.1145/1518701.1518756
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