360° Panoramic Overviews for Location-Based Services

Title360° Panoramic Overviews for Location-Based Services
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsMulloni, Alessandro, Hartmut Seichter, Andreas Dünser, Patrick Baudisch, and Dieter Schmalstieg
Conference NameCHI 2012
Conference LocationAustin, Texas, USA

We investigate 360° panoramas as overviews to supportusers in the task of locating objects in the surrounding environment. Panoramas are typically visualized as rectangular photographs, but this does not provide clear cues for physical directions in the environment. In this paper, we conducted a series of studies with three different shapes: Frontal, Top-Down and Bird’s Eye; the last two shapes are chosen be-cause they provide a clearer representation of the spatial mapping between panorama and environment. Our resultsshow that good readability of the panorama is most impor-tant and that a clear representation of the spatial mapping plays a secondary role. This paper is the first to provideunderstanding on how users exploit 360° panoramic overviews to locate objects in the surrounding environment andhow different design factors can affect user performance.