Stewart, Craig David
Mobile navigation: a multimodal approach.
MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.
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The functionality and processing power of mobile devices has increased dramatically over the last few years. Location based services and rich interactions are feasible with the majority of smart phones available today. However, whilst the capabilities of current devices afford rich interaction tailored to the user in mobile situations, they are still linked with desktop style interactions.
Spatially situated virtual objects are used to represent multiple forms of information. Ranging from nav- igation beacons to places of interest and gaming objects. This thesis gives an review of the current literature of the use of virtual objects and examines the role of vibrotactile feedback for egocentric heading detection for virtual objects. Experiment results are also reported showing users can utilise vibrotactile feedback for heading acquisition. Possible future steps include combining directions and distance information for mobile navigation systems.
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