Nicola Bidwell and Christopher Lueg (2004).
Creating a Framework for Situated Way-Finding Research

Proceedings of the 6th Asian Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2004)
June 29 - July 2, 2004, Rotorua, New Zealand. Springer LNCS 3101 (Eds. Masood Masoodian, Steve Jones, Bill Rogers) pp. 40-49.

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Preliminary themes to scaffold an investigative framework supporting human navigation from a egocentric (viewer-centered) perspective are described. These emerge from prototyping a mobile information appliance that supports, and is ecologically compatible with, human visionbased navigation and acquirement of spatial knowledge during movement through the physical world. The device assists a person finding his/her way from an origin to a destination by providing route information between images of landmarks, presented as they would be seen when walking rather than from an abstract map-type view. The use of the device in a foreign, built environment of the scale of a small university campus is illustrated and related to its use as a community authored resource. Emerging themes, such as the proximity, alignment and spatial separation of ready-to-hand landmarks, are discussed. Suggestions for further exploration are proposed and related to intersubjective and cross-cultural differences in communicating and using information for piloting navigation.

revised September 4, 2004