Using Landmarks to Support Older People in Navigation

Joy Goodman, Phil Gray, Kartik Khammampad, Stephen Brewster


Although landmarks are an integral aspect of navigation, they have rarely been used within electronic navigation aids. This paper describes the design of a pedestrian navigation aid for a handheld computer, which guides the user along a route using photographs of landmarks, together with audio and text instructions that reference these landmarks. This aid was designed with older users in mind who often find their mobility hampered by declines in sensory, cognitive and motor abilities. It was tested against the standard paper map for the test area with both younger and older people and their performance and sub-jective workload were measured. The results show that such an aid can signifi-cantly outperform a paper-based map and that older people derive substantially more benefit from it than do younger people.

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This paper is copyright Springer-Verlag and is available from their website (LNCS 3160).

BibTeX citation

  author = "Joy Goodman and Phil Gray and Kartik Khammampad and
Stephen Brewster",
  title = "Using Landmarks to Support Older People in Navigation",
  booktitle = "Proceedings of Mobile HCI 2004",
  year = 2004,
  editor = "Stephen Brewster",
  series = "LNCS",
  number = 3160,
  month = Sep,
  publisher = "Springer-Verlag",
  pages = "38--48"}
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