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A mobile guide for serendipitous exploration of cities

Hornecker, Eva and Swindells, Stuart and Dunlop, Mark (2011) A mobile guide for serendipitous exploration of cities. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. ACM, pp. 557-562. ISBN 978-1-4503-0541-9/11/08-09

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Abstract

In this paper we describe the design concept, prototype development, and initial findings for a mobile guide supporting serendipitous exploration of a city. The system will allow a tourist to freely explore a new city, while providing them with peace of mind to not accidentally walk past attractions they desire to see. We have developed a proximity model and vibration patterns for alerts, and devised ways of mitigating tradeoffs between battery use and location accuracy.