Object Maps And Tactile Navigation
How can we use our sense of touch as a mobile guidance system?
Caleb Kramer, editor of MobileBehavior and one of our contributing writers, recently wrote an interesting article on his blog. He posted the image of an odd looking object and explored why electronic navigation devices do not work in the same way as this object does.
The above object is an Inuit map, a tactile object which the Inuit people use to discern patterns in the coastline by holding and feeling its contours with their fingers. Unlike a visual map, this weatherproof object can be used in the dark, works at any temperature, and lasts longer than a printed map.