One of my research project, titled “ColorBless: Augmenting Visual Information for Colorblind People with Binocular Luster Effect”, was recently published in the January 2015 issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), one of the best HCI journals in this research field.
In this work, we explored the use of binocular luster effect in augmented visualisation, focusing on its application in colourblind aids. Binocular luster effect is one of the many effects made possible with stereoscopic 3D technology (yes, the one you experienced in the cinema nowadays). During the study, we investigated the human factor issues of this effect and used that as a guideline to develop ColorBless. ColorBless is a colourblind technique that applies binocular luster effect onto one of the confusing colours in the image to make it easier and faster for colourblind users to distinguish them apart. Apart from being easier and faster, ColorBless also minimises the underlying colour change of the image, reducing the possibility of colour misinterpretation by users with normal colour vision that are not wearing 3D glasses. ColorBless is particularly useful in a meeting room scenario with both normal and colourblind users, where the colourblind users would wear 3D glasses to see the luster effect. In conclusion, we have demonstrated the HCI application of a novel effect in stereoscopic 3D in augmented visualisation. In the future, we expect the findings would benefit researchers and practitioners who are interested in using the luster effect in other exciting and innovative applications in human-computer interaction.