Comparing physical, automatic and manual map rotation for pedestrian navigation
Seager, W. and Stanton Fraser, D., 2007. Comparing physical, automatic and manual map rotation for pedestrian navigation. In: SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007-04-28 - 2007-05-03, San Jose, California.
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It is well-established finding that people find maps easier to use when they are aligned so that "up" on the map corresponds to the user's forward direction. With map-based applications on handheld mobile devices, this forward/up correspondence can be maintained in several ways: the device can be physically rotated within the user's hands or the user can manually operate buttons to digitally rotate the map; alternatively, the map can be rotated automatically using data from an electronic compass. This paper examines all three options. In a field experiment, each method is compared against a baseline north-up condition. The study provides strong evidence that physical rotation is the most effective with applications that present the user with a wider map. The paper concludes with some suggestions for design improvements.
|Item Type||Conference or Workshop Items (Paper)|
|Creators||Seager, W.and Stanton Fraser, D.|
|Departments||Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology|
|Additional Information||Session: Mobile Interaction Techniques. ISBN:978-1-59593-593-9.|
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