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Indoor navigation by blind people: behaviors and challenges in unfamiliar spaces and buildings

Indoor navigation by blind people: behaviors and challenges in unfamiliar spaces and buildings
Indoor navigation by blind people: behaviors and challenges in unfamiliar spaces and buildings
A lot of visually impaired people have suffered from being left out of the activities that can discourage them from going out for any social activities and interactions, which are usually related to navigation. Regardless outdoors, travelling inside public spaces are a different story as many environmental cues cannot be used and have their own set of difficulties. Some technologies have come into play helping these people to have freedom in navigation (e.g., accessible map, indoor navigation systems, wearable computing devices, etc.). However, technologies like accessible maps or indoor navigation system are insufficient to fulfill the independent navigation gap due to additional information is required (obstacles, barriers, and accessibility). To promote the indoor navigation and create better use of technologies for visually impaired people, it is essential to understand the facts, and actual problems that they experience, and what behaviors and strategies they use to overcome any problems, which apparently led to this study. 30 visually impaired people and 15 experts were recruited and asked to give interviews regarding the behaviors, strategies, and challenges found with indoor navigation, especially public spaces e.g., universities, hospitals, malls, museums, and airports. The findings from this present study reveal that navigating inside buildings and public spaces full of unfamiliar features is too difficult to attempt the first time for a number of reasons, reducing their confidence in independent navigation.
blindness, visual impairment, indoor navigation, behaviors, strategies, way finding, unfamiliar spaces, public spaces
0264-6196
140–153
Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak
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Wald, Michael
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Wills, Gary
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Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak
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Jeamwatthanachai, Watthanasak, Wald, Michael and Wills, Gary (2019) Indoor navigation by blind people: behaviors and challenges in unfamiliar spaces and buildings. British Journal of Visual Impairment, 37 (2), 140–153. (doi:10.1177/0264619619833723).

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A lot of visually impaired people have suffered from being left out of the activities that can discourage them from going out for any social activities and interactions, which are usually related to navigation. Regardless outdoors, travelling inside public spaces are a different story as many environmental cues cannot be used and have their own set of difficulties. Some technologies have come into play helping these people to have freedom in navigation (e.g., accessible map, indoor navigation systems, wearable computing devices, etc.). However, technologies like accessible maps or indoor navigation system are insufficient to fulfill the independent navigation gap due to additional information is required (obstacles, barriers, and accessibility). To promote the indoor navigation and create better use of technologies for visually impaired people, it is essential to understand the facts, and actual problems that they experience, and what behaviors and strategies they use to overcome any problems, which apparently led to this study. 30 visually impaired people and 15 experts were recruited and asked to give interviews regarding the behaviors, strategies, and challenges found with indoor navigation, especially public spaces e.g., universities, hospitals, malls, museums, and airports. The findings from this present study reveal that navigating inside buildings and public spaces full of unfamiliar features is too difficult to attempt the first time for a number of reasons, reducing their confidence in independent navigation.

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Submitted date: 14 May 2018
Accepted/In Press date: 4 February 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 May 2019
Keywords: blindness, visual impairment, indoor navigation, behaviors, strategies, way finding, unfamiliar spaces, public spaces

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Local EPrints ID: 427172
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/427172
ISSN: 0264-6196
PURE UUID: 9fbcda3a-aaca-4ad5-a8f2-c516cd698c87
ORCID for Watthanasak Jeamwatthanachai: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4622-0493
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5771-4088

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Date deposited: 04 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 11 May 2019 00:36

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Author: Watthanasak Jeamwatthanachai ORCID iD
Author: Michael Wald
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD

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