The project will investigate the user requirements of 3D mobile applications in the tourism context. Based on these requirements and a study of existing technology, a cutting-edge, prototype using an interactive and fully navigatable 3D graphical city mapping application will be explored in a given urban location, with a number of context based parameters added on top of it to make it even more functional. The user will be able to fly and zoom through a photorealistic three-dimensional city model fluidly on his mobile device, all in 3D. An additional feature can be the introduction of augmented reality, which can operate by superimposing, using GPS and digital compass proximity and orientation, useful context-aware information on the camera display of the mobile device. Experimental trials will be conducted, examining how user requirements have been met and the usefulness of the application on a number of levels; performance, human-computer interaction, usability and contribution to customer satisfaction. It is anticipated that the research will explore fully the benefits of these technologies for purchasing decisions, interaction with the environment and context as well as customer satisfaction in the tourism context.
The project will focus on user requirements and customer satisfaction and will also contribute to mobile information systems developments within tourism context-aware applications. Hence this project has a dual contribution a) user requirements and contribution to information seeking and enjoyment within the context of the tourism industry and b) in the development of mobile information systems, user experiences, and human-computer interaction."