Social glasses: simulating interactive gaze for visually impaired people in face-to-face communication

Shi Qiu (Corresponding author), Jun Hu (Corresponding author), Ting Han, Hirotaka Osawa, Matthias Rauterberg

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Abstract

Eye contact is crucial in social interactions, linking with sincerity and friendliness. However, blind people cannot see and make eye contact when they communicate with sighted people. It influences the involvement of blind people in blind-sighted conversations. Based on this context, we implemented Social glasses with an eye-tracking system, aiming to improve the communication quality between blind and sighted people in face-to-face conversations. Social glasses attempts to simulate the appropriate gaze for blind people, especially establishing the “eye contact” in blind-sighted conversations. To evaluate the impact of the interactive gaze displayed on the Social glasses, we performed dyadic-conversation tests under four experimental conditions (No Gaze, Constant Gaze, Random Gaze, and Interactive Gaze) for 40 participants. Quantitative results showed that the Interactive gaze has a positive impact on improving the communication quality between blind and sighted people, which were consistent with a qualitative analysis of the participants’ comments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-855
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Volume36
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020

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