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An iPad app for recording movement paths and associated spatial behaviors

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  • Nick Dalton
  • Ruth Dalton
  • Christoph Hoelscher
  • Gregory Kuhnmünch
Publication date2012
Host publicationSpatial Cognition VIII: International Conference, Spatial Cognition 2012, Kloster Seeon, Germany, August 31 – September 3, 2012. Proceedings
EditorsCyrill Stachniss, Kerstin Schill, David Uttal
Place of PublicationGermany
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783642327315
<mark>Original language</mark>English

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NameLecture Notes of the Institute in Computer Science


This paper describes an iPad App, known as iPfad (‘Pfad’ means ‘path’ in German) created specifically for the real-time recording of wayfinding behaviors in buildings and outdoor environments. The first part of the paper reviews other spatial-temporal behavioral recording programs and compares their features to the iPfad App, which is introduced in the next section of the paper. The third section presents a pilot study in which the App was tested and discusses the resultant user feedback. It concludes that the iPad is a particularly useful device for behavioral observations in the field, but that further development, particularly of adding additional post-hoc data-analysis, could be beneficial for future versions of the iPfad App.