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Colloquium - Tarumi and Yamada

Applications and Evaluation of GPS Phone-Based Virtual World to Sightseeing and Education
Kagawa University, Japan
Keitaro Yamada
Kagawa University, Japan

In Japan, GPS phones are now very popular. The first product was released in 2001 and, today, about half of mobile phones have GPS. We have long been studying mobile applications with public GPS phones. GPS applications with PDA or larger devices are well studied worldwide. However, the merits of our approaches are that the total system cost is inexpensive, and that there are plenty of subjects for evaluation who are familiar with the device. Our system provides a virtual world geographically overlaid onto the real world; i.e., users can visit a virtual world depending on their location in the real world. We have developed several applications. We will talk about two of them. One is a sightseeing support application. 29 real tourists evaluated our system with their own GPS phones. Another application is for history education. It was applied to a real classroom; 34 junior-high school students used it to visit a virtual past world to learn a landslide disaster in 1938. We will also talk about results of these evaluation sessions.

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)