DIS2020

More than Human Centred Design

Demonstrations

Experience is not Required: Designing a Sailing Experience for Individuals with Tetraplegia

  • Ahmad Alsaleem, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Ross Imburgia, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Andrew Merryweather, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt lake city, Utah, United States
  • Roger Altizer, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Jeffrey Rosenbluth, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Stephen K Trapp, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Jason Wiese, School of Computing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Corresponding email(s): ahmad.alsaleem@utah.edu
  • Project webpage
  • Research group webpage
  • ACM DL Link: Associated Paper or Pictorial

The Tetra-Sail simulation is a tool that provides individuals with tetraplegia the chance to explore different types of input devices (e.g. joystick and sip-and-puff) and control schemes for the real-world Tetra-Sail experience where they can use these devices to control a real sailing boat. This practice can help participants determine which input device and control scheme best fits their ability and skills. The Tetra-Sail simulation also serves as a promotional tool to excite participants about the real-world Tetra-Sail experience and to help them understand that they could control it themselves.

Who is the target audience and why design for them? Anyone interested in designing or using adaptive sport equipment. We present our view on designing an adaptive sailing experience that requires no prior sailing experience. As we learned that individuals with tetraplegia have multiple barriers (i.e., cost, health conditions) that limit their ability to participate in any training, and also their actual sailing experience can be limited. So, we want to maximize the enjoyment of the experience by reducing the requirements of participation.

What were the challenges or limitations encountered in this project? Small number of participants to try our prototypes.

What are the opportunities and next steps for this project? Designing an artificial intelligent agent in the simulation that plays the role of the control partner to help instruct and guide the participants in his/her sailing experience using Tetra-Sail.