In this paper, we discuss the use of assistive technologies for enriching the social interactions of people who are blind and visually impaired with their sighted counterparts. Specifically, we describe and demonstrate two experiments with the Social Interaction Assistant for, a) providing rehabilitative feedback for reducing stereotypic body mannerisms which are known to impede social interactions, and b) provide an assistive technology for accessing facial expressions of interaction partners. We highlight the importance of these two problems in everyday social interactions of the visually disabled community. We propose novel use of wearable computing technologies (both sensing and actuating technologies) for augmenting sensory deficiencies of the user population, while ensuring that their cognitive faculties are not compromised in any manner. Computer vision, motion sensing and haptic technologies are combined in the proposed platform towards enhancing social interactions of the targeted user population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs - 12th International Conference, ICCHP 2010, Proceedings
Number of pages8
EditionPART 2
StatePublished - Aug 4 2010
Event12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2010 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Jul 14 2010Jul 16 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume6180 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2010


  • Assistive Technology
  • Computer Vision
  • Dyadic Interpersonal Interaction
  • Haptic Technology
  • Motion Sensors
  • Social Interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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