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Method and System for Improving Accessibility to Online Virtual Worlds

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000196943D
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-21
Document File: 1 page(s) / 20K

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Abstract

A method and system for improving accessibility to online virtual worlds is disclosed. The online virtual worlds are rendered to users with physical or cognitive disabilities after removal of elements that clutter the online virtual worlds based on preferences provided by the users.

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Method and System for Improving Accessibility to Online Virtual Worlds

Disclosed is a method and system for improving accessibility to online virtual worlds. The online virtual worlds are rendered to users with physical or cognitive disabilities after removal of elements that clutter the online virtual worlds based on preferences provided by the users.

The method and system disclosed herein assigns a set of salience scores to visual and audio elements in a virtual world. Based on the salience scores the visual and audio elements are rendered to a user with physical or cognitive disabilities. In an instance, the set of salience scores may be assigned based on a set of preferences specified by the user. Accordingly, when the user logs on to the virtual world, the elements are rendered based on salience scores determined from the set of preferences.

Alternatively, the salience scores may be assigned to the visual and audio elements based on element characteristics, social networks, relationship of the user with an owner of an area, relative spatial position of the element, and any other non-spatial parameter.

For example, salience scoring may be used to simplify the rendering of a virtual world environment to a user with cognitive disability without removal of visual or audio elements from the virtual world environment. In this case, non-essential elements from the virtual world such as environmental noise are reduced. Further the user may specify preferences enabli...