Simulating Vision Impairments in VR and AR

Katharina Krösl
Simulating Vision Impairments in VR and AR
In ACM SIGGRAPH THESIS FAST FORWARD 2019. June 2019.
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  • Publication Type: Other Reviewed Publication
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  • Date: 2019
  • Booktitle: ACM SIGGRAPH THESIS FAST FORWARD 2019
  • Keywords: vision impairments, cataracts, virtual reality, augmented reality, user study

Abstract

1.3 billion people worldwide are affected by vision impairments, according to the World Health Organization. However, vision impairments are hardly ever taken into account when we design our cities, buildings, emergency signposting, or lighting systems. With this research, we want to develop realistic, medically based simulations of eye diseases in VR and AR, which allow calibrating vision impairments to the same level for different users. This allows us to conduct user studies with participants with normal sight and graphically simulated vision impairments, to determine the effects of these impairments on perception, and to investigate lighting concepts under impaired vision conditions. This thesis will, for the first time, provide methods for architects and designers to evaluate their designs for accessibility and to develop lighting systems that can enhance the perception of people with vision impairments.

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@inproceedings{kroesl-2019-ThesisFF,
  title =      "Simulating Vision Impairments in VR and AR",
  author =     "Katharina Kr\"{o}sl",
  year =       "2019",
  abstract =   "1.3 billion people worldwide are affected by vision
               impairments, according to the World Health Organization.
               However, vision impairments are hardly ever taken into
               account when we design our cities, buildings, emergency
               signposting, or lighting systems. With this research, we
               want to develop realistic, medically based simulations of
               eye diseases in VR and AR, which allow calibrating vision
               impairments to the same level for different users. This
               allows us to conduct user studies with participants with
               normal sight and graphically simulated vision impairments,
               to determine the effects of these impairments on perception,
               and to investigate lighting concepts under impaired vision
               conditions. This thesis will, for the first time, provide
               methods for architects and designers to evaluate their
               designs for accessibility and to develop lighting systems
               that can enhance the perception of people with vision
               impairments.",
  month =      jun,
  booktitle =  "ACM SIGGRAPH THESIS FAST FORWARD 2019",
  keywords =   "vision impairments, cataracts, virtual reality, augmented
               reality, user study",
  URL =        "/research/publications/2019/kroesl-2019-ThesisFF/",
}