Balance of Considerations Between Technological and Social Factors: A Case Study on Smartrack™ for the Visually Impaired

Yi Lin Wong, Kin Wai Michael Siu (Corresponding Author), Chi Hang Lo

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Abstract

Rebuilding inclusive facilities in old districts in metropolitan cities with high population density encounters a number of problems. It is necessary to find a solution to renew the city with minimal interruption of people’s everyday life. Through a case study of Hong Kong, the paper addresses the conditions of the public facilities provided for the visually impaired persons (VIPs) in Hong Kong. VIPs’ needs and concerns while using the facilities were investigated. Based on the findings, a new tactile guide path using smart technology, named Smartrack™, is designed. It is argued that supplementary actions have to be taken to help people with special needs to understand the issues of public privacy when smart technology is being brought to them. Inclusive researchers, designers, as well as educators, should collaboratively attain a balance among different considerations between technological and social factors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Industrial Design - Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Design for Inclusion, Affective and Pleasurable Design, Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, Kansei Engineering, and Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering
EditorsGiuseppe Di Bucchianico, Cliff Sungsoo Shin, Scott Shim, Shuichi Fukuda, Gianni Montagna, Cristina Carvalho
PublisherSpringer
Pages117-123
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030511937
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2020
EventAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 16 Jul 202020 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume1202 AISC
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE Virtual Conference on Design for Inclusion, the Virtual Conference on Interdisciplinary Practice in Industrial Design, the Virtual Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design, the Virtual Conference on Kansei Engineering, and the Virtual Conference on Human Factors for Apparel and Textile Engineering, 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period16/07/2020/07/20

Keywords

  • Guiding path
  • Privacy
  • Public design
  • Smartrack
  • Visually impaired
  • Inclusive climate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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