Augmented geographic maps

visitor at cap sciences using the prototype

Interactive geographic maps are today widely available, but remain mostly limited to standard interaction contexts. We introduce a spatial augmented reality map, based on the PapARt framework. In our prototype, we use augmented reality to display a virtual map on a physical piece of paper, thus keeping features of both media. Thanks to the digital map base, users can pan, zoom and even change the basemap. At the same time, the paper base allows users to manipulate the map physically and so to interact in a more “natural” way, as well as to draw on the paper using regular pens. In a preliminary study with visitors of the Cap Sciences science center, we compared interaction techniques based on touch, tangible and spatial modalities for these three common map functions: zooming, panning, and changing the basemap. Our results suggest that object-based and spatial interaction may be advantageous over touch in our augmented reality setup.

News:

[2015] Building a first prototype with the Cap Sciences science center.

[2015] Evaluation of different interaction techniques for the prototype.

[2016] Development of an Android application for visualizing the contributions of the different users. Collaboration with ENSEIRB students.

Publications:

J. Chatain, A. Brock, M. Hachet. SyMAPse: Design and Evaluation of an Augmented Reality Map.ETIS (European Tangible Interaction Studio) – Winter School, Jan 2016, Fribourg, Switzerland. 2016,<http://www.etis.estia.fr>.

J. Chatain, M. Demangeat, A. Brock, D. Laval, M. Hachet, Exploring input modalities for interacting with augmented paper maps, Conférence Francophone sur l’interaction Homme-Machine, Oct 2015, Toulouse, France. ACM, Conférence Francophone sur l’interaction Homme-Machine – IHM’15

[Poster] J. Chatain, M. Demangeat, A. Brock, D. Laval, M. Hachet. Exploration input modalities for interacting with augmented paper maps. Conférence Francophone sur l’interaction Homme-Machine, Oct 2015, Toulouse, France. Conférence Francophone sur l’interaction Homme-Machine.

[Master Thesis] J. Chatain. SyMAPse: Augmented Interactive Maps for Subjective Expression. Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC]. 2015.

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