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Title: Unexpected Journeys with the HOBBIT - The Design and Evaluation of an Asocial Hiking App
Authors: Posti, Maaret
Häkkilä, Jonna
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: ACM
Citation: Proceedings of The International Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS 2014, p. 637-646
Abstract: In the age of mobile communications and social media, users are connected to interact with other people, and often obliged to be socially active as technology drives to connect us. In this paper, we harness the technology for the opposite use: helping people to avoid company instead of encouraging interaction. We have developed the concept of an asocial hiking application (app), in which users can generate routes that avoid meeting other people. We developed the concept based on user feedback data derived from an online survey (n=157) and two focus groups, and created a tool that generates solitary hiking routes based on OpenStreetMap data and additional information from the web. In addition, to make the application react to dynamic changes in the environment, we developed a mobile application prototype that scans Wi-Fi signals to detect other hikers nearby and warn of their approach. The prototype was tested and evaluated with 8 hikers in-the-wild. In addition to the concept design and the functional prototype, we present findings on people's, especially hikers, need for solitude, and introduce user feedback from each stage of the prototype design process as well as design recommendations for an asocial navigation application.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16937
DOI: 10.1145/2598510.2598592
ISBN: 9781450329026
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validation: vabb, 2018
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