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Playing Cards Reader for People with Visual Impairments

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Student Designer: Maria L. Toro (University of Pittsburgh)


Abstract

Improved design based on user feedback. Includes an easier to feel slot, a small size, improved in portability
Improved design based on user feedback. Includes an easier to feel slot, a small size, improved in portability

This paper describes the design, prototype development and evaluation of a device that is aimed to make card games more accessible for people with visual impairments. It is a hand-held device where the user inserts a card and receives immediate auditory feedback about the card through a set of earphones. The device was designed following a user-centered design methodology; a first prototype was build to evaluate the feasibility of the concept. The first prototype was tested with 5 game players of which one was blind-folded. User feedback indicates that the device is useful and meets the needs of a visual impaired player. Suggestions for improvement included that the appearance and time it takes to insert the card needs to be improved.


Solution

Develop a solution in the form of a universal card reader that can be used by a visually impaired player. The card reader will read one card from a regular deck of cards and translates this card into an audio signal to aid the player during the card game.

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