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Colloquium - Krum

The Use of Wearable Computers as Spatial Cognition Aids
David Krum
Georgia Institute of Technology

Human beings live and work in large and complex environments. It is often difficult for individuals to perceive and understand the structure of these environments. However, the formation of an accurate and reliable cognitive map, a mental model of the environment, is vital for optimal navigation and coordination.

In this talk, I will discuss studies I have performed to examine the use of wearable computers as spatial cognition aids. These wearable computers use 3D visualization, tracking devices such as GPS, and eyeglass mounted displays to help users understand the surrounding environment.

These studies show that wearable computers can be an effective spatial cognition aide. However, factors such as mental rotation, distraction, and attention must be taken into account when presenting spatial information to a wearable computer user.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)