SDO: Simulador de Doenças Oculares
In Brazil, 2010, more than 6.5 million people claimed to have some visual impairments. Software and Web accessibility are becoming first-class requirements to promote a better relationship between those people with visual impairments and the internet as well as with new digital technologies. However, designers and software developers need more empathy and knowledge about these groups’ issues to implement accessibility features into their digital products correctly (e.g., apps, games, Web sites). This paper has the goal of developing an eye disease simulator (SDO - Simulador de Doenças Oculares) for mobile devices, which could help better teach and illustrate the effects of these diseases. First, we investigated how to simulate the symptoms of each disease better and have developed the SDO mobile application. SDO is capable of both simulating different types of Colorblindness as well as other more dangerous eye illnesses (i.e. Glaucoma, cataracts). The current version also supports the use of Head-Mounted Displays to increase user immersion.
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