ARTopos: Augmented Reality Terrain Map Visualization for Collaborative Route Planning

Frederik Wiehr, Florian Daiber, Felix Kosmalla, Antonio Krüger

In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers. International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp-17) Pages 1047-1050 UbiComp '17 ISBN 978-1-4503-5190-4 ACM New York, NY, USA 2017.


Most outdoor activities, such as alpine climbing, cycling, or hiking, require a careful route planning in advance. Today, most routing applications are single-user desktop applications. Furthermore, it is good practice to be able to do paper map based navigation during the trip as a backup. In this work, we propose ARTopos, a concept and implementation of a augmented reality (AR) 3D topographic map visualization, which combines analog paper map planning and digital routing service. It augments paper topographic maps with a digital terrain map suitable for interaction and displaying forecast information. We implemented a first prototype for which we gathered generally positive qualitative feedback as a first initial evaluation. We envision ARTopos as an interactive, collaborative tool can be used during the preliminary trip briefing for most adventurous activities.

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