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.

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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)
CreatorsSeager, W.and Stanton Fraser, D.
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
ID Code20334
Additional InformationSession: Mobile Interaction Techniques. ISBN:978-1-59593-593-9.


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