Haptic Transit: Tactile feedback to notify public transport users


Jacob, Ricky and Mooney, Peter and Shalaik, Bashir (2011) Haptic Transit: Tactile feedback to notify public transport users. International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications, 1 (1). pp. 204-218. ISSN 2225-658X (Unpublished)

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Abstract

To attract people to use public transport, efficient transit information systems providing accurate, real-time, easy-tounderstand information must be provided to users. In this paper we introduce HapticTransit, a tactile feedback based alert/notification model of a system, which provides spatial information to the public transport user. The model uses real-time bus location with other spatial information to provide feedback about the user as their journey is in progress. The system allows users make better use of „in-bus‟ time. It allows the user be involved with other activities and not be anxious about the arrival at their destination bus stop. Our survey shows a majority of users have missed a bus stop/station whilst undertaking a transit journey in an unfamiliar location. The information provided by our system can be of great advantage to certain user groups. The vibration alarm is used to provide tactile feedback. Visual feedback, in the form of colour coded buttons and textual description, is also provided. This model forms the basis for further research for developing information systems for public transport users with special needs – deaf, visually impaired and those with poor spatial abilities.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at http://sdiwc.net/digital-library/haptictransit-tactile-feedback-to-notify-public-transport-users.html . Research in this paper is carried out as part of the Strategic Research Cluster grant (07/SRC/I1168) funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the National Development Plan. Dr. Peter Mooney is a research fellow at the Department of Computer Science and he is funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency STRIVE programme (grant 2008-FS-DM-14-S4). Bashir Shalaik is supported by a PhD studentship from the Libyan Ministry of Education. The authors gratefully acknowledge this support.
Keywords: haptic; public transport; user experience; modality; location based service;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 4452
Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2013 15:01
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications
Publisher: Society of Digital Information and Wireless Communications
Refereed: Yes
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