HaptiGo Tactile Navigation System
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Tactile navigation systems employ the use of ones sense of touch with haptic feedback to communicate directions. This type of navigation presents a potentially faster and more accurate mode of navigation than preexisting visual or auditory forms. We developed a navigation system, HaptiGo, which uses a tactile harness controlled by an Android application to communicate directions. The use of a smartphone to provide GPS and compass information allows for a more compact and user-friendly system then previous tactile navigation systems. HaptiGo has been tested for functionality and user approval of tactile navigation. It was further tested to determine if tactile navigation provides for faster navigation times, increased path accuracy and improved environmental awareness compared to traditional maps navigation methods. We discuss the novel usage of smartphones for tactile navigation, the effectiveness of the HaptiGo navigation system, its accuracy compared to the use of static map-based navigation, and the potential benefits of tactile navigation.
Regmi, Sarin (2012). HaptiGo Tactile Navigation System. Honors and Undergraduate Research. Available electronically from