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Spatial Knowledge Acquisition with Mobile Maps: Effects of Map Size on Users’ Wayfinding Performance with Interactive Interfaces

Department of Design, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei City 10607, Taiwan
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(11), 614; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110614
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 20 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
Restricted by the small screen size, it is challenging for users to obtain all the wayfinding content they need when utilizing mobile devices. This study investigated the effects of map size and interactive interface on users’ wayfinding performance and preference when using mobile devices. Two types of interactive interfaces (i.e., panning and peephole interfaces) and three different map sizes (i.e., small, medium, and large) were examined. The experiment was a 2 × 3 between-subjects design. Sixty participants were invited to complete five wayfinding tasks (i.e., Euclidean distance judgment, route distance judgment, landmark recognition, map section rotation, and route recognition), a system usability scale (SUS) questionnaire, and the subjective preference questionnaire. The results showed that: (1) The participants’ wayfinding performance was affected by the map size and interactive interface; (2) the peephole interface was superior for the Euclidean distance judgment and the route recognition tasks; (3) it does not always take a significantly longer time to complete the task with the larger map when performing the map section rotation task with the panning interface; and (4) the usability scores of the peephole interface were considered above average, and it had a positive impact on the participants’ preferences. View Full-Text
Keywords: wayfinding; mobile device; peephole; spatial knowledge; usability wayfinding; mobile device; peephole; spatial knowledge; usability
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Chen, C.-H.; Li, X. Spatial Knowledge Acquisition with Mobile Maps: Effects of Map Size on Users’ Wayfinding Performance with Interactive Interfaces. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110614

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Chen C-H, Li X. Spatial Knowledge Acquisition with Mobile Maps: Effects of Map Size on Users’ Wayfinding Performance with Interactive Interfaces. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(11):614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110614

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Chen, Chien-Hsiung, and Xiao Li. 2020. "Spatial Knowledge Acquisition with Mobile Maps: Effects of Map Size on Users’ Wayfinding Performance with Interactive Interfaces" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 11: 614. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijgi9110614

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