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Anne DeWitte

Anne DeWitte

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Published on Jan 23, 2016

Experiment Complete. Thank you!

Done! Look at the Results section for the summary, analysis and future directions. Thank you backers!Thank you Joe Kells, Rene Latorre and all the test participants at the Associa...

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Published on Nov 30, 2015

RIT School of Design Students Continuing Tactile Icon Development

Last month at the RIT Effective Access Technology Conference, Professor Deborah Beardslee stopped by our booth and learned about the study. She thought the tactile icon activity would be a great o...

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Published on Nov 19, 2015

Testing is complete!

Hello Team!Testing was completed at ABVI on Monday 11/16/15. Now to crunch the numbers. Thank you to the test participants! Here are a couple pictures.There will be more overlay evaluations in D...

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Published on Oct 21, 2015

Doing a dry run test - bringing the A Team

What are the user interface testing differences between sighted and visually impaired people? Some observations from our dry run today with two visually impaired gentlemen at ABVI in Rochester, NY...

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

Appliance Touch Surface Test Fixture

Hello Team!Here is the test fixture. It is a 20" Elo 2020L LCD Touch Screen Display. I have an old Dell computer connected to it. Why an old computer? Because the touchscreen is old and require...

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Hello Don, our local organzation - the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI) will be spreading the word. Also I may find someone to produce a simple video. I've tried to make contacts with the larger advocacy organizations but no luck. To them I'm just another vendor trying to sell stuff. I will stick with the grass roots effort. If people like it, word will spread. Other ideas are welcome. Thanks Don!
Jun 27, 2016
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Thank you Don. It is inspiring and motivating to work with the ABVI test participants, especially Kirstyn Smith who dedicated an afternoon to evaluate overlays developed by the RIT students. We are on the right track. Support from you and the rest of the backers make this all happen!
Dec 01, 2015
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Recommended reading - http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/11/21/456804340/when-a-stranger-leaves-you-125-million. Gives you insight into the visually impaired culture.
Nov 22, 2015
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Hi Steve Great comments! Here we go… Regarding form _follows_ function, I’ll post a lab note voicing the desired state once I have received all the input from the test. From what I have observed so far, aesthetics are important, even to people that are totally blind. Stay tuned for that note. Thank you for reminding us of this powerful concept. Regarding the comment about designers should know better. My hope is that developers and designers are constantly looking to make their products better and to use their skills for quality and meaningful outcomes. Yes there are tradeoffs and compromises, but I think developers and designers often get caught in a Dilbert-like world. For an extreme case, I wonder how many engineers developed and knew about the VW diesel emissions deception? Let’s promote #engineersforgood
Nov 15, 2015
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Thank you for the comments! I'm encouraged to hear from you because you validated a benefit of the overlays - to make all the buttons accessible. On the flip side, someone wanted an overlay to 'hide' certain controls from an elderly person in the home. The overlays are custom-made following a fairly simple process so both identifying and hiding controls is possible. Great idea for the exercise equipment! I'll look at some equipment and test our current overlay material. Silicon probably will last longer though I really love the cheap shelf liner! Thanks again for the support and for reaching out. Stay tuned for more updates on the study.
Oct 16, 2015
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Thanks Kris. Thanks to the Dojo Cafe Crew for their support. You guys are awesome!
Oct 16, 2015
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Hi Steve! Excellent point. I thought of adding a registration point or shape for the test but a raised frame is a much better idea. Most microwave control panels have well-defined edges but I noticed that many refrigerator control panels are very smooth and blend in with the doors. Same with your stove example. I'll add a reference frame to the test fixture. Great comment Steve! Much appreciated.
Oct 16, 2015
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One of our requirements is to make the tactile cues fit in blended environments - where sighted and low vision people share the appliances. We want to find a solution that is functional and looks good. Thanks for the support!
Sep 18, 2015
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