Haptic-GIS: Exploring the Possibilities

Jacob, Ricky and Mooney, Peter and Corcoran, Padraig and Winstanley, Adam C. (2010) Haptic-GIS: Exploring the Possibilities. SIGSPATIAL Special, 2 (3). pp. 13-18. ISSN 1946-7729

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Haptic technology, or haptics, is a tactile feedback technology that takes advantage of our sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, and/or motions to the user through a device. Haptic enabled devices have recently gained much publicity in the computer games industry due to their ability to provide a more immersive experience. The use of haptic in the context of GIS and navigation assistance has not previously been considered. We present an overview of Haptic technologies and provide a commentary on how GIS and haptics may crossover and integrate. To demonstrate the potential of haptics for navigation assistance a simple case-study of using haptic feedback as a navigational assistant in pedestrian route planning software is presented. This case-study uses the OpenStreetMap(OSM) database and Cloudmade routing API.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was presented at the 18th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems (ACM GIS 2010), San Jose, 2-5 November 2010
Keywords: Haptic Feedback; Pedestrian Navigation; OpenStreetMap;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 4926
Identification Number: 10.1145/1953102.1953105
Depositing User: Dr. Adam Winstanley
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2014 14:09
Journal or Publication Title: SIGSPATIAL Special
Publisher: ACM
Refereed: Yes

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