Sensory Modalities in GPS Systems Paper

A design engaging a particular modality provides

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Unformatted text preview: modalities can be utilized within the device to achieve the same goal of reaching a target position from a starting location. Three senses that should be considered during the design process of navigation systems are sight, hearing (auditory), and touch (tactile). Is one sensory modality more important than the others when designing a GPS system? There is no definite answer to this question. A design engaging a particular modality provides unique advantages, but also offers specific drawbacks. As a result of this fact, choosing the “best” navigation device is determined by the situation and factors in the environment. Detection of sensory impressions through sight and the eyes would involve using a visual navigation system, while impression perception through hearing and the ears would require an auditory GPS device. Many times these two senses have been combined to form a visual/echoic navigation tool, especially used in cars for road trips. These two senses are most commonly put to use when determining the layout of a GPS model because they have been extensively studied (Van Erp, Kooi, Bronkhorst, Van Leeuwen, Van Esch, Van Wijngaarden, 2006). However, in recent years, navigation gadgets have begun to use the sense of touch and the skin for the recognition of sensations. The implementation of such tactile GPSs has had a huge impact on domains such as the military, law enforcement, and public safety (Boyle, 2011). Every sensory modality involved in the layout composition has various benefits and drawbacks. Individual preference is also a factor to be considered. A SIGHT, HEARING, AND TOUCH IN NAVIGATION SYSTEMS 4 factor that is appreciated by one person could be despised by anothe...
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