Providing Choice and Control for Those with Low or No Hearing in a 360 Degree Video Environment

Lightning Talk

Friday, April 05, 2019: 11:00am - 12:30pm - Grand Ballroom: Lightning Talks

Max Evjen, Michigan State University, USA

360 degree video is a spectacular visualization tool, but provides difficulty for those with difficulty hearing when there is narration since captions are not an easy option. Where does one place captions in the 360 degree video when elements of the video appear all around the 360 degree space at random times? The Michigan State University Museum and Digital Scholarship Lab at the Michigan State University Libraries created Google Slides that auto advance in concert with narration that can be presented on any device (in our case on an iPad) in the World War One in Vauquois 360 degree video. This provides viewers with difficulty hearing choice and control for where they want to look, while still being able to follow narration. Evaluation of the experience is scheduled to be conducted in January and February 2019 and results will be available to share at Museums and the Web 2019.

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