Virtual reality technology for blind and visual impaired people: Reviews and Recent Advances,

Ghali, N. I., O. Soluiman, N. El-Bendary, T. M. Nassef, S. A. Ahmed, Y. M. Elbarawy, and A. E. Hassanien, "Virtual reality technology for blind and visual impaired people: Reviews and Recent Advances,", Engineering Advances in Robotics and Virtual Reality, Germany, Intelligent Systems Reference Library - Springer, 2012.


Virtual reality technology enables people to become immersed in a computer-simulated and three-dimensional environment. In this chapter, we investigate the effects of the virtual reality technology on disabled people such as blind and visually impaired people (VIP) in order to enhance their computer skills and prepare them to make use of recent technology in their daily life. As well as, they need to advance their information technology skills beyond the basic computer training and skills. This chapter describes what best tools and practices in information technology to support disabled people such as deaf-blind and visual impaired people in their activities such as mobility systems, computer games, accessibility of e-learning, web-based information system, and wearable finger-braille interface for navigation of deaf-blind. Moreover, we will show how physical disabled people can benefits from the innovative virtual reality techniques and discuss some representative examples to illustrate how virtual reality technology can be utilized to address the information technology problem of blind and visual impaired people. Challenges to be addressed and an extensive bibliography are included.

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