Map applications for smartwatches present new challenges in cartography, a domain in which large display sizes have significant advantages. In this paper, we introduce StripeMaps, a system that adapts the mobile web design technique of linearization for displaying maps on the small screens of smartwatches. Just as web designers simplify multiple column desktop websites into a single column for easier navigation on mobile devices, StripeMaps transforms any two-dimensional route map into a one-dimensional "stripe". Through a user study, we show that this simplification allows StripeMaps to outperform both traditional mobile map interfaces and turn-by-turn directions for pedestrian navigation using smartwatches. In addition to introducing StripeMaps, this paper also has a secondary contribution. It contains the first empirical comparison of different approaches for pedestrian smartwatch navigation and illuminates their pros and cons.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||MobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services|
|Publisher||Association for Computing Machinery, Inc|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Aug 24 2015|
|Event||17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015 - Copenhagen, Denmark|
Duration: Aug 24 2015 → Aug 27 2015
|Name||MobileHCI 2015 - Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services|
|Other||17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2015|
|Period||8/24/15 → 8/27/15|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was funded in part by the Klaus Tschira Foundation, a Google Faculty Research Award and the National Science Foundation (IIS-0808692). We thank Bram Meerten from Hasselt University who helped us with the implementation of the StripeMaps application and the study.
- Mobile maps
- Pedestrian navigation