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Universidade Nova

1. Korda, Amichai. The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation.

Degree: 2014, Universidade Nova

Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies.

Maps displayed on hand held devices, such as smartphones; provide limited visibility due to their small screen display. In order to overcome display limitations, researchers have developed new techniques that point users to objects and landmarks located off-screen, which is known as an “off-screen interface”. Since this is a new type of map interface, there is little information regarding the effect it has on the user’s perception of the environment and spatial orientation abilities. This thesis investigates the relationship of a map display to the user’s orientation in the environment. A field experiment was conducted in an urban environment, where twenty-four participants were individually guided along an unfamiliar route. All participants were provided with a map displayed on a smartphone, whereas only half were additionally equipped with the off-screen interface. Tasks involving user’s orientation knowledge were preformed along the route and at the end point. In addition, user’s interaction with the map was monitored. Results were compared between the two interface groups and individual difference, such as gender and sense of direction abilities, were taken into account. The results do not indicate a significant difference between the two interfaces in relocation to orientation abilities. However, considerable differences among the interface groups were found with relation to gender and senses of direction. Moreover, a significant difference was found between groups in relation to user-map interaction. Based on the results of this study, a relation between the off-screen map interface and its user’s orientation abilities can be observed.

Advisors/Committee Members: Li, Rui, Painho, Marco Octávio Trindade, Ramos, Francisco.

Subjects/Keywords: Small screen display; Located off-screen; Map interface; Map display; Smartphone; User-map interaction

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APA (6th Edition):

Korda, A. (2014). The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation. (Thesis). Universidade Nova. Retrieved from http://www.rcaap.pt/detail.jsp?id=oai:run.unl.pt:10362/11756

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Korda, Amichai. “The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation.” 2014. Thesis, Universidade Nova. Accessed July 19, 2019. http://www.rcaap.pt/detail.jsp?id=oai:run.unl.pt:10362/11756.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Korda, Amichai. “The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation.” 2014. Web. 19 Jul 2019.

Vancouver:

Korda A. The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation. [Internet] [Thesis]. Universidade Nova; 2014. [cited 2019 Jul 19]. Available from: http://www.rcaap.pt/detail.jsp?id=oai:run.unl.pt:10362/11756.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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Council of Science Editors:

Korda A. The influence of off-screen landmarks on user orientation. [Thesis]. Universidade Nova; 2014. Available from: http://www.rcaap.pt/detail.jsp?id=oai:run.unl.pt:10362/11756

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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