Sighted Guides to Enhance Accessibility for Blind and Low Vision People in VR
Authors:Jazmin Collins*, Crescentia Jung*, Yeonju Jang (* indicates co-first authorship and equal contribution).
Our first project explored using the sighted guide technique in VR to support accessibility for blind and low vision people. We created a prototype with a guidance system and conducted a study with 16 blind and low vision participants. Participants completed various tasks and explored the virtual environments with their guide. From this project, we uncovered participants’ preferences for a guide in VR and a broad design space for virtual guides.
We have begun a second project that explores using an AI-powered guide. We plan to conduct iterative co-design sessions with blind and low vision participants to explore the expectations of the behavior, appearance, and functions of an ideal AI virtual guide in VR.