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The portability of the device is advantageous for location-aware services and personal navigation. However, profiles due to limited screen size still arise when showing full-scaled maps and in selecting a preferred destination on the map. Some techniques have been proposed to express the location of a given destination outside the viewport. These techniques work well for understanding location and orientation of the destinations, but do not consider the distance of the path. We propose AwarePath, a technique to express location, orientation and distance for surrounding destinations by best route thumbnails. Compared to the Halo technique when looking at destination selecting tasks which consider route distances, AwarePath can additionally offer path information by preserving conventional characteristics of providing both linear distance and orientation of destinations presented in Halo. Thus our technique is effective to add extra data for considering best route especially for walkers.





  1. Motoki Miura, Hiroyuki Oouchi, Susumu Kunifuji: AwarePath: Route Thumbnail for Selecting Off-Screen Destinations on Mobile Map, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Knowledge, Information and Creativity Support Systems(KICSS2008), Hanoi, Vietnam, pp. 142-147, December 2008. (info)