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Chinthammit, W and de Souza Junior, P and Rowe, RS and Terhorst, A and Howell, B and Andrews, BJV, Magic Map, The 2012 iAwards, Hobart (2012) [Award]


Magic Map is a collaborative project between the HIT Lab AU and CSIRO IntelligentSensing and Systems Laboratory that aims to increase public awareness of available environmental sensor data. Our solution is through the improvement of the way users interact with environmental sensor data. Through the combination of Augmented Reality (AR) and Tangible User Interface (TUI)technologies, we developed the Magic Map application that enables users to engage with the data in a very intuitive way. The real-time sensor data is augmented (overlaid) on a physical map of Tasmania. Data (e.g. the level of rainfall) is represented as a 3D bar column (level shown in height) overlaid on the physical map at the location of the sensor station where the data was collected. Users can rotate the map, zoom in/out of a particular area in the same way that they would have done with a traditional map. They can move closer to the map to see more detail of augmented satellite imaging. They can rotate the map to see the other side of the mountain. The selection of data types is available through manipulation of tangible objects (turntable dials). By turning the dials, users can change the type of data across sensor stations in Tasmania, can scroll forward and backward in time, and can change the terrain imaging overlaid on the Tasmanian map. By making the interface similar to the way humans interact with physical objects, the Magic Map interface yields very high affordance and as a result, novice users caneasily learn how to use the application to visualize the sensor data information.

Item Details

Item Type:Award
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Chinthammit, W (Dr Winyu Chinthammit)
UTAS Author:de Souza Junior, P (Professor Paulo de Souza Junior)
UTAS Author:Rowe, RS (Dr Robert Rowe)
UTAS Author:Andrews, BJV (Mr Bruce Andrews)
ID Code:81260
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2012-11-27
Last Modified:2012-11-27

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