Blind and visually impaired visitors experience a lot of constraints when visiting museums exhibitions, giving the ocular centricity of these institutions, the lack of cognitive, physical and sensorial access to exhibits or replicas, increased by the inaccessibility to use the digital media technologies designed to provide different experiences, among other constraints. This paper aims to present the design and implementation of an exhibitor to communicate original museum samples to blind and visually impaired patrons, without the need to be replicated, that interactively “tell stories about their lives” whenever picked up. Tests performed with 13 partially sighted and blind participants at the main exhibition museum space, demonstrated very positive evaluations regarding pragmatic and hedonic qualities of the interaction, a positive capacity to mentally conceptualize the exhibits according to the audio descriptions, and how to enhance the experience of using more exhibitors like this one during a future visit to the museum.
Palavras-chave: Blind people; Visually impaired people; Museum Accessibility; Tactile exploration; Visit experience; Human-computer interaction.
VAZ, Roberto Ivo; FERNANDES, Paula Odete; VEIGA, Ana Cecília Rocha. Designing an Interactive Exhibitor for Assisting Blind and Visually Impaired Visitors in Tactile Exploration of Original Museum Pieces. In: CENTERIS – Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems / ProjMAN – International Conference on Project MANagement / HCist -Conference on Health and Social Care Information Systems and Technologies, 2016, Porto. Anais… Porto: Elsevier, 2018.