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JourneyCam: Exploring Experiences of Accessibility and Mobility among Powered Wheelchair Users through Video and Data

Lookup NU author(s): Sunil RodgerORCiD, Dan JacksonORCiD, Dr John Vines, James McLaughlin, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright


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Recent HCI research has investigated how digital technologies might enable citizens to identify and express matters of civic concern. We extend this work by describing JourneyCam, a smartphone-based system that enables powered wheelchair users to capture video and sensor data about their experiences of mobility. Thirteen participants used JourneyCam to document journeys, after which the data they collected was used to support discussions around their experiences. Our findings highlight how the system facilitated the articulation of complex embodied experiences, and how the collected data might have particular value in surfacing these experiences to help inform urban design and policymaking. Participants valued the ways in which JourneyCam's moving image and sensor data made hard-to-express sensations apparent, as well as how it enabled them to surface previously unrecognised issues. We conclude by highlighting future opportunities for how such tools might enable citizens to inform and influence civic governance.

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Author(s): Rodger S, Jackson D, Vines J, McLaughlin J, Wright P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019)

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 15

Online publication date: 04/05/2019

Acceptance date: 01/02/2019

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300860

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ISBN: 9781450359702