Presenting spatial information
using non-visual methods:
audio-tactile interactives and
cell phone way-finding systems.
Steven Landau will present current research being carried out at Touch
Graphics, Inc. The talk will cover four overlapping areas of inquiry,
1. Audio-tactile interactive devices.
2. Non-visual presentation of spatial information 3. Haptic interface
design 4. Computer telephony for way-finding and content delivery in
Mr. Landau will demonstrate several new applications for the Talking
Tactile Tablet, a low-cost computer peripheral device that permits blind
or visually impaired users to run sophisticated graphical applications
by pressing on tactile graphic drawing sheets mounted to a
touch-sensitive tablet. He will also discuss general considerations for
creating haptic interfaces and the potential use of cell phones as
assistive devices in controlling environmental events.
Steven Landau, Director of Research for Touch Graphics, Inc., received
an undergraduate degree in Art from Oberlin College and a Master of
Architecture from Harvard University. He spent 12 years as a
professional architect before forming Touch Graphics, Inc., a for-profit
company carrying our Federally-financed R&D on new products for the
blindness and visually impaired market. He was recently named a Tech
Awards Laureate for his work on the Talking Tactile Tablet.