Myopic bike and say Hi: games for empathizing with the myopic

Xiang Li, Xiaohang Tang, Xin Tong, Rakesh Patibanda, Florian "Floyd" Mueller, Hai Ning Liang

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Abstract

Myopia is an eye condition that makes it difficult for people to focus on faraway objects. It has become one of the most serious eye conditions worldwide and negatively impacts the quality of life of those who suffer from it. Although myopia is prevalent, many non-myopic people have misconceptions about it and encounter challenges empathizing those who suffer from it. In this research, we developed two virtual reality (VR) games, (1) "Myopic Bike"and (2) "Say Hi", to provide a means for the non-myopic population to experience the difficulties of myopic people. Our two games simulate two inconvenient daily life scenarios (riding a bicycle and greeting friends on the street) that myopic people encounter when not wearing glasses. The goal is to facilitate empathy in people with non-myopia for those who suffer from myopia. We evaluated four participants' game experiences through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Overall, our two VR games can create an engaging and non-judgmental experience for the non-myopic people that has potential to facilitate empathizing with those who suffer from myopia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play
EditorsMax Birk, Jo Iacovides
Place of PublicationNew York NY USS
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages333-338
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450383561
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2021 - Virtual, Online, Austria
Duration: 18 Oct 202121 Oct 2021
Conference number: 8th
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/3450337 (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameCHI PLAY 2021 - Extended Abstracts of the 2021 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play 2021
Abbreviated titleCHI PLAY 2021
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVirtual, Online
Period18/10/2121/10/21
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Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Empathy in HCI
  • Game Design
  • Myopia
  • Nearsightedness
  • Serious Games
  • Virtual Reality

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