Thesis Pending #3: What am I actually doing? | Summary and Q&A

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April 14, 2017
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Thesis Pending #3: What am I actually doing?

TL;DR

Research focuses on designing smartphone maps based on video game map designs and the use of landmarks for navigation.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the researcher's main research topic?

The researcher is focused on designing smartphone maps and exploring how to adapt map conventions from paper maps to digital platforms.

Q: Why is the use of landmarks important in navigation?

Landmarks are found to be more useful for navigation than distance measurements provided by GPS or sat-nav systems. Humans are generally better at judging landmarks and using them as reference points.

Q: How do video games influence the design of smartphone maps?

Video game maps, with their small, non-intrusive mini-maps, inspire the researcher in creating smartphone maps that are simultaneously useful for navigation while not obstructing the main screen.

Q: What has been the initial feedback from study participants?

Study participants who struggled with traditional map reading found the new smartphone map design helpful. However, some individuals who were already accustomed to traditional maps expressed resistance to change.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The vlog discusses the weekly progress of the researcher's work in designing maps for smartphones, funded by the Ordnance Survey maps.

  • The research aims to explore how to effectively present map information on a smaller screen and utilize natural navigation cues, such as landmarks.

  • The researcher draws inspiration from video game maps and is testing usability with study participants.

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