3rd Year Team Project: Tactile Pedestrian Navigation 23/03/2009
During my 3rd year, we were required to do a team project that would last the entire year. My top preference was a research project with mobile phones. This was my first experience of mobile development. The aim of our team project was to build a navigational system which used GPS and tactile feedback to guide a user from their starting point to destination. This required a user to wear a watch fitted with an internal vibration motor on each wrist, a SHAKE SK7 around their neck for the heading and to carry a Nokia N95 with Bluetooth and GPS enabled. When the user approaches a turn, the system detects the direction the user needs to travel in, and produces a vibration on the corresponding wrist. Myself and another team member developed the prototype in Java ME and tested it with a Nokia N95. We gained ethics approval to run our experiments in a local park. Below is a photo of myself wearing the prototype equipment.