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Evaluation of effectiveness of the stickgrip device for detecting the topographic heights on digital maps

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-76
Number of pages16
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Multimodal visualization of landscapes and cityscapes requires new concepts and metaphors for intuitive operations with multidimensional data in fully immersive virtual environments. Variations in lighting conditions and perceptual interpretation of the reduced topographic colors can significantly modify an assessment of the true elevation profiles on a digital map. This paper describes the results of the empirical evaluation of the new interaction technique that has potential to enhance the imaging functionality of the two-dimensional maps. It was demonstrated that untrained subjects become much more accurate at detecting the altitudes in a range of 0-4000 m assigned within the palette when values of the light intensity had been associated with the haptic information. The results confirmed that the accuracy of the height estimation with the StickGrip haptic device appeared to be higher by about 32% in comparison to visual assessment.

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Keywords

  • Geoscientific data, The stickgrip haptic device, Topographic elevation profile