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Designing a Haptic Tool to Help Visually-Impaired Musicians and Music Learners Learn/Read Musical Notes

Omar, Nurul Izzati (2011) Designing a Haptic Tool to Help Visually-Impaired Musicians and Music Learners Learn/Read Musical Notes. Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS. (Unpublished)

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With an historical point of view and with the bibliographic overview, the article discusses on the idea on developing a haptic tool to help the blind and visually-impaired users to learn musical notes from flat screen in example the computer screen. The current approach being used by the blind and visually-impaired musicians to learn the musical notes is by using Braille-transcribed musical scores or listening by ear. Since there is a number of problems that arose from the techniques, therefore we came out with a prototype which helps the blind and visually-impaired musicians and music learners to read and learn the musical notes without the need to depend solely on the Braille-transcribed musical scores, by transcribing the musical scores into a mechanically haptic tactile force feedback which can be sensed with the user touch sensation and with the use of SensAble Onmi haptic device. With the haptic device, musical notes on flat screens may be reinterpreted and presented mechanically to the user's haptic senses (kinaesthetic and tactile), where ideally, they can feel how the notes "looks", provided that users have a basic understanding on the types of notes and the beats that associates to the notes. In developing the prototype of this project, we described the hardware and supporting softwares which together reinterprets the conventional flat screen musical notes into haptic, touch-sensable notes that will differ in many senses as compared to the conventional flat screen musical notes. The prototype has been developed based on critical requirements gathered and is implemented by using the incremental and iterative, prototyping based development cycle which are further refmed through extensive researches and data gathering processes. Based from the researches and interview which has been done with the blind and visually-impaired musicians, it is proved that there is a lack in the current approach of learning musical notes. Therefore, with the implementation of the system, it is hoped that we can solve the problems that rose from the current approach of learning music for the blind and visually-impaired musicians and music learners. We expect that the haptic tool to help the blind to learn musical notes will become standard tools that will encourage the blind users to learn and read musical notes from flat screen.

Item Type: Final Year Project
Academic Subject : Academic Department - Information Communication Technology
Subject: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Sciences and Information Technology > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Users 2053 not found.
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 12:23
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2017 09:41
URI: http://utpedia.utp.edu.my/id/eprint/10278

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