A Tangible Interface for Information Exchange Addressing Deaf-Blind Users

Tom Bieling, Tiago Martins, Gesche Joost

In: Héctor Caltenco, Per-Olof Hedvall, Kirsten Rassmus-Gröhn, Bitte Rydeman (editor). Universal Design 2014: Three Days of Creativity and Diversity. International Conference on Universal Design (UD-2014) June 16-18 Lund Sweden Pages 439-440 Assistive Technology Research Series 35 ISBN 978-1-61499-402-2 (print) 978-1-61499-403-9 (online) IOS Press 2014.


The LormHand is a public installation allowing deaf-blind individuals to post messages on Twitter or other social networks. This is achieved by means of a tangible interface in the shape of a hand, designed to recognize the tactile patterns of the Lorm Alphabet. It was originally developed for a deaf-blind protest march in Berlin and addresses the condition of isolation imparted by deaf-blindness.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz