ScrollingHome is a novel image-based indoor navigation approach for smartwatches. The user scrolls through a series of images by scrolling vertically on the display.
Providing pedestrian navigation instructions on small screens is a challenging task due to limited screen space. As image-based approaches for navigation have been successfully proven to outperform map-based navigation on mobile devices, we propose to bring image-based navigation to smartwatches. We contribute a straightforward pipeline to easily create image-based indoor navigation instructions that allow users to freely navigate in indoor environments without any localization infrastructure and with minimal user input on the smartwatch. In a user study, we show that our approach outperforms the current state-of-the art application in terms of task completion time, perceived task load and perceived usability. In addition, we did not find an indication that there is a need to provide explicit directional instructions for image-based navigation on small screens.
Dirk Wenig, Alexander Steenbergen, Johannes Schöning, Brent Hecht and Rainer Malaka (2016) ScrollingHome: Bringing Image-based Indoor Navigation to Smartwatches In MobileHCI '16: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 400-406. ACM, New York, NY, USA. 10.1145/2935334.2935373 | BibTex Honorable Mention Award