Leah Findlater

Spring 2018

Augmented Reality to Address Physical World Accessibility Problems

Students will investigate accessibility problems that arise in everyday physical-world activities for people with disabilities, and will ideate, design, and prototype augmented reality solutions to address one or two specific problems. Possible target problems include providing communication support for users with language impairments and providing sound awareness information for users who are deaf or hard of hearing. We will be using Microsoft HoloLens head-mounted display devices as our primary design and prototyping platform.
We are looking for up to six students to sign up for 2 credits (~6 hours total commitment per week). The class will meet on Mondays, with the exact time TBD. Because we will focus on both design and development of prototypes, we are looking for a mix of students with HCD design and research skills and/or programming skills.

If you are interested in participating, please email Leah Findlater at with the following information by March 1, 2018:

  • Briefly, why are you interested in taking this course?
  • How do you meet the required skills for taking this course?
  • What background or knowledge do you have, if any, in inclusive design, accessibility, or issues related to disability?
  • Resume and/or portfolio