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A Tangible Interface for Information Exchange Addressing Deaf-Blind Users

Tom Bieling; Tiago Martins; Gesche Joost
In: Héctor Caltenco; Per-Olof Hedvall; Kirsten Rassmus-Gröhn; Bitte Rydeman (Hrsg.). Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity. International Conference on Universal Design (UD-2014), June 16-18, Lund, Sweden, Pages 439-440, Assistive Technology Research Series, Vol. 35, ISBN 978-1-61499-402-2 (print) 978-1-61499-403-9 (online), IOS Press, 2014.


The LormHand is a public installation allowing deaf-blind individuals to post messages on Twitter or other social networks. This is achieved by means of a tangible interface in the shape of a hand, designed to recognize the tactile patterns of the Lorm Alphabet. It was originally developed for a deaf-blind protest march in Berlin and addresses the condition of isolation imparted by deaf-blindness.