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A Virtual Environment for Accessible Desktop Navigation

Dickinson, M, Clawson, Kathy and Horsman, G (2017) A Virtual Environment for Accessible Desktop Navigation. In: British Human Computer Interaction Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2017, Sunderland University, St Peter's Campus.

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Virtual reality is an emergent technology with the potential to offer valuable contributions to ambient assisted living. For example, it can be utilised to enhance equality of access to, and ease of use of technology. This paper introduces virtual reality technology, and presents a prototype system for intuitive file navigation and manipulation. Through a discussion and end user evaluation of system use cases, we offer commentary on the system’s potential for increasing computing confidence and competency in non-computer literate populations. Findings indicate virtual reality constitutes a viable tool for aiding users with reduced computer literacy and confidence in relation to everyday computing tasks, and therefore could be deployed as an assistive technology within such populations.

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Depositing User: Kathy Clawson


Item ID: 7814

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Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 14:56
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 11:00


Author: Kathy Clawson ORCID iD
Author: M Dickinson
Author: G Horsman

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Computing > Human-Computer Interaction

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