Travel Information System on a Hand-held Device

By Marcela Wainstein and Nick Tyler.

Published by The Technology Collection

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This paper describes the design of a dynamic travel information system for a hand-held device for people with learning difficulties, which guides users navigating the public realm and thus achieve a greater level of independence. We believe the ability to navigate the public realm with an enhanced degree of independence is a crucial step towards achieving self-reliance, and no effort should be spared in creating a social environment that is supportive and welcoming to everyone - without distinction of age, gender, or ability - thus providing all potential users with an enhanced sense of fulfilment and human dignity. It’s essential that the interfaces and its associated tasks were configured to ensure that the system reacts to user input in a way that matches user’s expectations.
We work closely with the users from our target groups to identify users needs and design universal interfaces so users are capable of understanding and following the processes being performed and any input required. The instructions to user’s destination will be given using a mobile phone connected via Bluetooth with a GPS (Global Positioning System) and a media location system – consisting of photographs, cartoon images, text messages, audio messages and sound.

Keywords: Accessibility, Usability, Interface Design, Inclusive Design

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.79-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1011.526KB).

Marcela Wainstein

Reserch Fellow, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Centre for Transport Studies, Accessibility Resarch Group, University College London, London, UK

University College London, UK Her research interests intertwine her two professions, Industrial Designer and Social Psychologist. Her work is focused on universal design, accessible websites design, mobility, social inclusion, accessibility and public transport systems.

Prof. Nick Tyler

Head of Department, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Accessibility Research Group, University College London, London, UK

University College London, UK As the current Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UCL, Nick is driving the department’s research and teaching strategies, encouraging new thinking within the area, building up the areas of expertise and practice within the department and making it the “place to be” for students, academics, researchers and innovators in the twenty first century. He has a very wide active research brief, which sees what is involved in moving around as a complex system.

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