A mobile guide for serendipitous exploration of cities

Eva Hornecker, Stuart Swindells, Mark Dunlop

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In this paper we describe the design concept, prototype development, and initial findings for a mobile guide supporting serendipitous exploration of a city. The system will allow a tourist to freely explore a new city, while providing them with peace of mind to not accidentally walk past attractions they desire to see. We have developed a proximity model and vibration patterns for alerts, and devised ways of mitigating tradeoffs between battery use and location accuracy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Subtitle of host publicationMobileHCI '11
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • prototype development
  • serendipitous exploration
  • tourist


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