MapCube: A Mobile Focus and Context Information Visualization Technique for Geographic Maps

  • Björn WerkmannEmail author
  • Matthias Hemmje
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9734)


A problem inherent in many mobile applications are the form factor restrictions imposed by mobile devices that directly translate into limited screen real estate available to the application. In particular geographic spatial tasks can be more difficult to perform. This paper addresses this information visualization problem in light of the use case real-time ridesharing. Here, the consequence of limited screen real estate is that ride-matching information might be situated at off-screen locations while the driver is following navigation instructions. The MapCube implementation relies on 3D perspective projection and transparency as the basis for screen reuse, to implement bending, which makes this information visible again, by reusing screen already occupied by the navigation view. It demonstrates the use of depth-cues which invoke preattentive visual processing to avoid composite-fusing of the transparent foreground layer with the 3D background, to improve perceptibility. The MapCube solution is quantitatively evaluated in a user study.


Focus+Context Peripheral awareness Off-screen locations Mobile devices Spatial cognition Geographic maps 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Multimedia and Internet ApplicationsFernuniversität HagenHagenGermany

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