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The Design Development of a Mobile Alert Device for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

By Udy Ravid and Paul Cairns


Abstract. This paper focuses on a novel design of a multi-modal alert device for the Deaf and hard of hearing, which we call the Vibe, implemented on a mobile phone. The Vibe receives information from the surroundings, either from wall mounted receivers or by using its microphone, and transfers the information to users, according to their specific needs, through visual, tactile or auditory channels. This paper describes the elicitation of user requirements and the design and evaluation of the Vibe’s information architecture. The paper produces an “on the table ” design and product requirements, captured in part in personas and scenarios, that are ready to take on to the development of a working prototype. A key part of the Vibe concept and design is that is achievable with existing technology

Topics: Alert device, Mobile, Deaf, Hard of hearing, Multi-modal, Vibe, User-centred
Year: 2008
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