Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

HaptiMap project aims to make maps accessible through touch, hearing and vision

Date:
March 10, 2010
Source:
Elhuyar Fundazioa
Summary:
If you are walking or cycling, and do not want to (or are unable to) spend most of your time focusing on a screen, the use of mobile devices tends to be a frustrating experience. The same is true in bright sunlight or if your eyesight is not good enough to see every detail on the mobile screen.

If you are walking or cycling, and do not want to (or are unable to) spend most of your time focusing on a screen, the use of mobile devices tends to be a frustrating experience. The same is true in bright sunlight or if your eyesight is not good enough to see every detail on the mobile screen.

The persisting problem of displaying information on the small screens of mobile devices is pushing both display development as, well as that of non-visual interaction channels such as gestures, tactile/haptic interaction and sound. One problem is that the non-visual channels are often used only to enhance the visual instead of being truly designed to maximize the haptic and auditory channels themselves. Improved multimodal perceptualizations (visualization including senses other than sight) would make applications more accessible and easier to use in actual mobile, navigational situations.

The HaptiMap project, currently active in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, is aimed at making maps and location based services more accessible by using several senses like touch, hearing and vision. It will enable digital maps and mobile location based services to be accessible to a wide range of users. The strategy is to develop tools that make it easier for developers to add adaptable multi modal components (designed to improve accessibility) into their applications; to raise the awareness of these issues via new guidelines and to suggest extensions to existing design practices so that accessibility issues are considered throughout the design process. The project started more than one year ago and its focus as a whole during this first year has been the user studies. The HaptiMap user study guidelines have also been published.

Looking for an additional commercial partner

The HaptiMap project has the possibility to fund a new commercial partner to develop a location-based service (LBS). The aim is to find a partner that can develop a location-based service that uses haptic, audio and/or visual information for the user interaction. This service will illustrate the use of the HaptiMap toolkit and important HaptiMap concepts. An acceptable alternative would be for the new partner to use the HaptiMap concepts and toolkit to enhance an already existing service.

To ensure good communication between the toolkit developers and the location based service developers, it is expected that a limited part of the new partner's effort will be used for participating in the toolkit development. The new partner will also be expected to support (or participate) in the planned training and demonstration of the developed service.

The HaptiMap project receives financial support from the European Commission in the Seventh Framework Programme, under the Cooperation Programme ICT -- Information and Communication Technologies (Challenge 7 -- Independent living and inclusion). The existing consortium consists of 13 partners: Lund University, Sweden (coordinator), NAVTEQ, Siemens, BMT Group, CEA, ONCE, Finnish Geodetic Institute, University of Glasgow, OFFIS, Queen's University, TECNALIA, Kreis Soest, and Lunds Kommun.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Elhuyar Fundazioa. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Elhuyar Fundazioa. "HaptiMap project aims to make maps accessible through touch, hearing and vision." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 March 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100309102710.htm>.
Elhuyar Fundazioa. (2010, March 10). HaptiMap project aims to make maps accessible through touch, hearing and vision. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 30, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100309102710.htm
Elhuyar Fundazioa. "HaptiMap project aims to make maps accessible through touch, hearing and vision." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100309102710.htm (accessed July 30, 2014).

Share This




More Mind & Brain News

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

It's Not Just Facebook: OKCupid Experiments With Users Too

It's Not Just Facebook: OKCupid Experiments With Users Too

Newsy (July 29, 2014) If you've been looking for love online, there's a chance somebody has been looking at how you're looking. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
How Your Face Can Leave A Good Or Bad First Impression

How Your Face Can Leave A Good Or Bad First Impression

Newsy (July 29, 2014) Researchers have found certain facial features can make us seem more attractive or trustworthy. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Losing Sleep Leaves You Vulnerable To 'False Memories'

Newsy (July 27, 2014) A new study shows sleep deprivation can make it harder for people to remember specific details of an event. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
University Quiz Implies Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

University Quiz Implies Atheists Are Smarter Than Christians

Newsy (July 25, 2014) An online quiz from a required course at Ohio State is making waves for suggesting atheists are inherently smarter than Christians. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins