Exploring Map Orientation with Interactive Audio-Tactile Maps

  • Alistair D. N. EdwardsEmail author
  • Nazatul Naquiah Abd Hamid
  • Helen Petrie
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9296)


Multi-modal interactive maps can provide a useful aid to navigation for blind people. We have been experimenting with such maps that present information in a tactile and auditory (speech) form, but with the novel feature that the map’s orientation is tracked. This means that the map can be explored in a more ego-centric manner, as favoured by blind people. Results are encouraging, in that scores in an orientation task are better with the use of map rotation.


Multi-modal maps Blind people Tactile Speech Rotation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alistair D. N. Edwards
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nazatul Naquiah Abd Hamid
    • 1
  • Helen Petrie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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