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Human-Computer Interaction Lab

People with Hearing Loss Needed for Google Glass Study

We received an overwhelming response and all spots are filled. If you are interested in participating in future similar studies (either online or in-person in the DC metro area), please fill out this 1-minute form.

Are you deaf or hard-of-hearing? Do you lip read? We need your help designing the next generation of accessible heads-up display technology like Google Glass!

Our research team is studying how to make the next generation of mobile computing technology more accessible. Specifically, we are exploring the use of Google Glass to provide visual information about sound, such as where sound is coming from, who is speaking in a group conversation, and so on.

We are recruiting participants who are deaf or hard of hearing and 18 years of age or older. The study includes a hands-on activity with Google Glass where we will ask you for feedback on your experiences. We are also collecting basic demographic information and will briefly discuss your experiences with group conversations.

Study sessions will be conducted at our lab on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. In rare circumstances, we may be able to arrange in-person sessions at a location that is more convenient to you in the DC metropolitan area (DC, Maryland, Virginia). The study will take up to 75 minutes and you will be compensated $20 for your time. Participants will also receive $30 toward transportation costs if the study session is at a location you would not normally visit, making the total compensation $50.

If you are interested in participating, please email Dhruv Jain (djain1@umd.edu) with the following information:

  • Degree of hearing loss.
  • Two or three possible days/times to meet between now and August 8. We are available any day of the week including Saturday and Sunday. If you are interested in participating but not available until after August 8th, we'd still like to hear from you.
Feel free to take a look at our lab’s website to find out more about our research program: http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/. This research is part of a larger investigation into wearables and accessibility led by Professors Leah Findlater, PhD and Jon Froehlich, PhD at the University of Maryland.


Dhruv Jain
Department of Computer Science
Unversity of Maryland
A.V. Williams Building, 4122
College Park, MD 20742