Development of Communication Assistive Technology for Persons with Deaf-Blindness and Physical Limitation

Takuro Hatakeyama, Takashi Watanabe, Kiriko Takahashi, Kouki Doi, Akiko Fukuda

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to develop a system that will provide communication assistance to persons with deaf-blindness and physical limitation, so that they will be able to communicate with others without the help of an interpreter. With this communication system, a person with deaf-blindness and physical limitation uses a control switch to perform input operations based on the duration of the operating time and combination of long and short pulses. When the input is correctly performed, the user receives a feedback from the tablet computer as vibratory stimuli. Similarly, the message that other person's input with a Bluetooth keyboard is transmitted to the user as vibration stimuli. Following the development, we conducted a one-year assessment of the developed communication system in an actual environment with the cooperation of one person with deaf-blindness and physical limitation. We confirmed that our developed system was useful for such a person, and understood that we must improve upon several aspects. We shall pursue further study, and will aim at providing a better communication environment for persons with deaf-blindness and physical limitation in future.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAssistive Technology: Building Bridges
    PublisherIOS Press
    Pages974-979
    Number of pages6
    Volume217
    ISBN (Electronic)9781614995654
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2015 - Budapest, Hungary
    Duration: 2015 Sep 92015 Sep 12

    Publication series

    NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
    Volume217
    ISSN (Print)09269630
    ISSN (Electronic)18798365

    Other

    Other13th European Conference on the Advancement of Assistive Technology, AAATE 2015
    CountryHungary
    CityBudapest
    Period15/9/915/9/12

    Keywords

    • Braille Morse code
    • communication assistance
    • Deaf-blindness
    • physical limitation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Medicine(all)
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Health Informatics
    • Health Information Management

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    Hatakeyama, T., Watanabe, T., Takahashi, K., Doi, K., & Fukuda, A. (2015). Development of Communication Assistive Technology for Persons with Deaf-Blindness and Physical Limitation. In Assistive Technology: Building Bridges (Vol. 217, pp. 974-979). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 217). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-566-1-974