Exploring virtual worlds for the blind

Like me, you probably cringe at the mention of anything related to virtual worlds–Second Life or otherwise. But there’s a new technology we’ve just published on alphaWorks called Virtual Worlds User Interface for the Blind and it’s undeniably interesting.

As the name suggests, this technology allows blind users to navigate SL. But more importantly, it explores accessibility issues that visually impaired users encounter while navigating the Web, including communication and accessing various forms of content. It’s a niche technology, but the goals of this research project are far reaching.

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