Transcendent communication: Location-based guidance for large-scale public spaces

Hideyuki Nakanishi*, Satoshi Koizumi, Toru Ishida, Hideaki Ito

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Many studies have been conducted on supporting communication in home and office spaces, but relatively few studies have explored supporting communication in large-scale public spaces, despite the importance of such environments in our daily lives. We propose a transcendent means of communication as an emerging style in this pervasive computing era: a system that allows administrative staff to effectively help visitors in large-scale public spaces. The visitors' context is used to provide a bird's-eye view of a simulated public space for the staff to grasp the situation and point at a particular location within the view to indicate the visitors they intend to address. The results of an experiment showed synergic effects between the bird's-eye view and the first-person one in determining the spatial movements of people. In indoor and outdoor large-scale public spaces, a central railway station and a park, we installed our prototypes and learned the implications of its use.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 2004 Apr 242004 Apr 29


Conference2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, CHI 2004


  • Bird's-eye view
  • Park
  • Public space
  • Simulated space
  • Station
  • Transcendent communication
  • Visual communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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