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Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti3010012

Hungry Cat—A Serious Game for Conveying Spatial Information to the Visually Impaired

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Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, 93350 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
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Department of Accounting and Information Systems, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8041, New Zealand
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Received: 8 January 2019 / Revised: 9 February 2019 / Accepted: 22 February 2019 / Published: 27 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Interactive Assistive Technology)
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Navigation is done through obtaining spatial information from the environment and forming a spatial map about it. The visually impaired rely mainly on orientation and mobility training by a certified specialist to acquire spatial navigation skills. However, it is manpower intensive and costly. This research designed and developed a serious game, Hungry Cat. This game can convey spatial information of virtual rooms to children with visual impairment through game playing. An evaluation with 30 visually impaired participants was conducted by allowing them to explore each virtual room in Hungry Cat. After exploration, the food finding test, which is a game mode available in Hungry Cat, was conducted, followed by the physical wire net test to evaluate their ability in forming the spatial mental maps of the virtual rooms. The positive results of the evaluation obtained demonstrate the ability of Hungry Cat, in conveying spatial information about virtual rooms and aiding the development of spatial mental maps of these rooms through game playing. View Full-Text
Keywords: serious game; spatial information; spatial navigation; spatial mental map; visual impairment; special needs; children serious game; spatial information; spatial navigation; spatial mental map; visual impairment; special needs; children
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Chai, C.; Lau, B.T.; Pan, Z. Hungry Cat—A Serious Game for Conveying Spatial Information to the Visually Impaired. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2019, 3, 12.

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