An iPad App for Recording Movement Paths and Associated Spatial Behaviors

  • Nick Sheep Dalton
  • Ruth Conroy Dalton
  • Christoph Hölscher
  • Gregory Kuhnmünch
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7463)


This paper describes an iPad App, known as ‘PeopleWatcher’ created for the real-time recording of wayfinding behaviors in buildings/outdoor environments. Initially the paper reviews other spatial-temporal behavioral recording programs and compares their features to the PeopleWatcher App, which is introduced in the next section. The third section presents a pilot study in which the App was tested and discusses the resultant user feedback. It concludes that the iPad is a particularly useful device for behavioral observations in the field, but that further development, the inclusion of post-experiment data-analyses, could be beneficial for future versions of the App.


iPad App Wayfinding and navigation Wayfinding task Direct observation Building usability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Sheep Dalton
    • 1
  • Ruth Conroy Dalton
    • 2
  • Christoph Hölscher
    • 3
  • Gregory Kuhnmünch
    • 3
  1. 1.The Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  2. 2.Northumbria UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany

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