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How Blind People Can Manage a Remote Control System: a Case Study

Remote Control Systems (RCSs) are increasingly being installed in homes and offices. Technology evolves very rapidly and sensors and devices are becoming smaller, smarter and more powerful. Mobile and Web apps are commonly used to remotely configure and control devices. Home control is especially valuable for blind people, since they can benefit from technology to control and turn on/off devices autonomously. Remote control can offer meaningful support, especially when devices are not directly accessible (e.g,. thermostat to manage heating temperature). Therefore, if RCS interfaces are not accessible via screen reader, blind users may miss a great opportunity to achieve greater autonomy at home. This paper investigates the accessibility of the web user interfaces offered by RCSs for blind people. To do this, the Fibaro, a popular Remote Control System, was tested as a case study by analyzing the interaction via screen reader. Results indicate that accessibility and especially usability need to be improved to make interaction easier and more satisfying for blind people. To this aim, some suggestions are offered to aid developers in designing more accessible RCS user interfaces.

3rd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good, Pisa, 2017

Autori esterni: Francesco Gennai (ISTI-CNR), Barbara Leporini (ISTI-CNR)
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Tipo: Contributo in atti di convegno
Area di disciplina: Information Technology and Communication Systems

File: BuzziGoodTechs_FinalFinal.pdf

Attività: Accessibility and Usability of User Interfaces