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Exploring the acceptability of google glass as an everyday assistive device for people with Parkinson's

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  • Róisin McNaney
  • John Vines
  • Daniel Roggen
  • Madeline Balaam
  • Pengfei Zhang
  • Ivan Poliakov
  • Patrick Olivier
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Publication date2014
Host publicationCHI 2014: One of a CHInd - Conference Proceedings, 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages2551-2554
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: 26/04/20141/05/2014

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14

Conference

Conference32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2014
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto, ON
Period26/04/141/05/14

Abstract

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.