Individuals with visual impairments lack equitable access to a vast amount of information from the environment. Some common barriers encountered by individuals include the inability to independently read printed text, identify people and places, and anticipate physical obstacles. Technology, particularly applications accessed through smartphones, provide a mechanism by which users with visual impairments can gain greater access to information from the environment (i.e., GPS, AI). However, many of the applications available to the public are inaccessible to users with visual impairments.
Mixed Reality (MR) allows the display of virtual content, for instance with holograms, that can merge to variable degrees with the physical environment of a user by taking into account the context and topology of the user’s environment. By its mobile, spatial and context-aware nature, MR allows to interact with virtual content with new interaction paradigms that are closer to the natural interactions we have with everyday objects.