A systematic evaluation of current control devices used by people with intellectual disabilities in non-immersive virtual environments

STANDEN, P.J., BROWN, D.J., ANDERTON, N. and BATTERSBY, S., 2006. A systematic evaluation of current control devices used by people with intellectual disabilities in non-immersive virtual environments. CyberPsychology & Behavior, 9 (5), pp. 608-613. ISSN 1094-9313

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Abstract

Virtual environments have a role to play in facilitating the acquisition of living skills in people with intellectual disabilities, improving their cognitive skills and providing them with entertainment. However, the currently recommended devices to allow navigation in and interaction with the environments are difficult to use. Using a methodology established in an earlier study, the study aims to systematically document the performance of users with the currently recommended devices in order to (i) inform the design of a usable control device or devices and (ii) act as a baseline against which they can be evaluated. 40 people with severe intellectual disabilities aged 21–67 years used four environments with an equal number of sessions with the different devices being evaluated. Results indicate that when forward movement is provided by the software using the mouse for both navigation and interaction allows better performance both initially and after exposure than using the fire button on the joystick. When the user had to initiate forward movement with the navigation device, the joystick allowed better performance than the arrows on the keyboard. Preventing slippage of the joystick base would make its use much easier and it is suggested that separate devices are retained for navigation and interaction.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: CyberPsychology & Behavior
Creators: Standen, P.J., Brown, D.J., Anderton, N. and Battersby, S.
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Date: 2006
Volume: 9
Number: 5
ISSN: 1094-9313
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10.1089/cpb.2006.9.608DOI
Rights: © 2006 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:46
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:06
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2552

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