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    Pedestrian navigation using haptic feedback: Results from a field study to test spatial abilities and memory recall


    Jacob, Ricky and Winstanley, Adam C. and Togher, Naomi and Roche, Richard (2012) Pedestrian navigation using haptic feedback: Results from a field study to test spatial abilities and memory recall. In: 20th annual GIS Research UK (GISRUK) conference, 11-13 April 2012, Lancaster University.

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    Abstract

    Haptic feedback (using the sense of touch) or 'haptics' is a technology that provides forced feedback, vibrations, and/or motions to haptic-enabled user devices. The mobile haptic interaction model for a point to destination pedestrian navigation system is described. The importance of eyes-free, subtle feedback has been highlighted in previous work. This paper reports on the initial findings from the tests carried out to evaluate the user’s spatial abilities, navigations skills and memory recall of features seen along the way. Initial results show that the user walks faster to the destination on the second attempt and builds a good mental map of the features seen along the route as haptic feedback ensures heads-up navigation and no interaction with the mobile device (a GPS enabled smart phone) while walking towards the destination.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Additional Information: Research presented in this paper was funded by a Strategic Research Cluster grant (07/SRC/I1168) by Science Foundation Ireland under the National Development Plan. We thank all the students who took part in the user trials. We acknowledge the inputs from our colleagues at the Department of Psychology. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.
    Keywords: haptics; pedestrian navigation; orientation; spatial ability; mental map;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
    Item ID: 4976
    Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
    Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 15:57
    Refereed: No
    Funders: Science Foundation Ireland
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