Virtual and Augmented Environments and Realistic User Interactions To achieve Embedded Accessibility DesignS
The core concept of VERITAS is to conduct research and development of an open framework for providing built-in accessibility support at all the stages of realisation of mainstream ICT and non-ICT technologies. The project aims at delivering to product/software developers ‘generic’ instructions – embedded in an empowering virtual reality platform, for exploring new concepts, designing new interfaces and testing interactive prototypes that will inherit universal accessibility features, including compatibility with established assistive technologies.
The main VERITAS innovation lies in the fact that, even if there have been some limited and isolated attempts to support accessibility testing of novel products and applications, there is a clear lack of a holistic framework that supports comprehensively virtual user modelling, simulation and testing at all development stages and realistic/immersive experience of the simulation.
The goal is to introduce simulation based and virtual reality testing at all stages of assistive technologies product design and development into the automotive, smart living spaces, (buildings & construction, domotics),healthcare, workplace and infotainment applications areas. The goal is to ensure that future products and services are being systematically designed for all people including those with disabilities and functional limitations as well as older people. Furthermore, VERITAS plans to promote its results to the appropriate standards organisations for consideration and potential adoption and also to make them available through an open framework.