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Exploring the Acceptability of Google Glass as an Everyday Assistive Device for People with Parkinson's

Lookup NU author(s): Roisin McNaney, Dr John Vines, Dr Daniel Roggen, Dr Madeline Balaam, Pengfei Zhang, Ivan Poliakov, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM New York, NY, USA, 2014.

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We describe a qualitative study investigating the acceptability of the Google Glass eyewear computer to people with Parkinson's disease (PD). We held a workshop with 5 PD patients and 2 carers exploring perceptions of Glass. This was followed by 5-day field trials of Glass with 4 PD patients, where participants wore the device during everyday activities at home and in public. We report generally positive responses to Glass as a device to instil confidence and safety for this potentially vulnerable group. We also raise concerns related to the potential for Glass to reaffirm dependency on others and stigmatise wearers.

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Author(s): McNaney R, Vines J, Roggen D, Balaam M, Zhang P, Poliakov I, Olivier P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2014

Pages: 2551-2554

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Date deposited: 30/04/2016

Publisher: ACM New York, NY, USA


DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557092

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450324731