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deSCribe: A Personalized Tour Guide and Navigational Assistant

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Mobile phones have become ubiquitous in daily life. They are also becoming more powerful with more computation and a variety of sensors embedded in them. We have built deSCribe, a context-aware phone-based navigational aid. The application provides turn-by-turn directions from the user’s current location to a requested destination. It provides information about the surroundings by processing the images taken by the camera on the phone. It enables a novel user interface with the ability of using the phone as a remote to point at buildings to get further information about a particular floor within the building. Lastly, the application uses user feedback to control how much information is presented to the user.

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  • Mobile Phone
  • Current Location
  • Universal Transverse Mercator
  • Android Platform
  • Mobile Guide

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This work was supported in part by NSF grant CCR-0120778 (CENS: Center for Embedded Networked Sensing), and by a gift from the Okawa Foundation. It was initiated as a project for the graduate course CS 546: Intelligent Embedded Systems taught at USC in Spring 2009.

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Kota, D. et al. (2010). deSCribe: A Personalized Tour Guide and Navigational Assistant . In: Phan, T., Montanari, R., Zerfos, P. (eds) Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services. MobiCASE 2009. Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, vol 35. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-12607-9_30

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