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Getting Mobile with Mobile Devices: Using the Web to Improve Transit Accessibility

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Chris Pearson's W4A 2009 presentation, on behalf of authors Darren Minifie and Yvonne Coady, on a web based system for providing transport information via mobile devices.

Chris Pearson's W4A 2009 presentation, on behalf of authors Darren Minifie and Yvonne Coady, on a web based system for providing transport information via mobile devices.

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  • 1. Darren Minifie, Yvonne Coady University of Victoria Presented by Christopher Pearson pearson@cs.uvic.ca
  • 2.  University of Victoria / Department of Computer Science Mobile Device Group  Our work is supported by: ◦ NSERC ◦ The University of Victoria ◦ Nokia Canada 2
  • 3.  Physical problems: ◦ Finding the right bus ◦ Finding the bus door ◦ Staying independent  Technology Problems ◦ JavaScript fly-out menus ◦ Complicated tables of schedule data ◦ Most of Web 2.0 3
  • 4. Visually impaired using Non-impaired using desktop PC mobile device 4
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  • 6.  Using a visual accessibility zoom feature can be similar to a mobile web browser  Selecting the menu item shows no action – the fly-out is hidden 6
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  • 14. • Google currently collects this information • Google, we’d love to see an API 14
  • 15.  Web Based Mobile Application  Filtering schedule data for: ◦ Current time ◦ Current location ◦ User preferences 15
  • 16.  Web configurable for the abilities of the user  Any solution needs to work on as many platforms as possible  Creating an application with mass-market appeal 16
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  • 18.  GPS  Wi-Fi scanning  Bluetooth scanning 18
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  • 21.  GPS  Wi-Fi  Bluetooth 21
  • 22.  iPhone with tactile overlays  Trekker Breeze  Nokia N97 (releasing soon) ◦ 3.5 inch 640×360 touch screen ◦ Dual core 370MHz ARM CPU ◦ 128MB RAM ◦ 32GB internal storage, Micro SD expansion ◦ Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS ◦ Accelerometer, Digital Compass/3D Magnetometer ◦ Slide out keyboard 22
  • 23.  There is some room for accessibility improvements in transit systems  Existing mobile devices can handle the required functionality  The technology is ready Darren Minifie, Yvonne Coady University of Victoria Presented by Christopher Pearson pearson@cs.uvic.ca 23