Welcome to indoor navigation
Imagine your mobile navigation system would guide you directly to a meeting room inside of a building. Personal navigation assistants today are based on GPS only so that they will stop working when you enter a building, and they have no access to maps of built environments.
Our mission is to provide indoor navigation solutions that guide visitors or customers conveniently to their destinations in office buildings, shopping centres or airports. Our goal is to present wayfinding instructions to the user in a cognitive adequate format such as 3D animations instead of 2D maps. We strive to keep the user interface as simple as possible by adopting state of the art technologies such as Bluetooth or RFID in order to recognize the individual user and proactively present individual content on digital media signage. Ultimatively, our self-developed indoor positioning system allows to visualize routes in real-time on mobile devices. More…
Videos are an ideal presentation medium to convey route knowledge to the user via existing digital media signage. In our movies, the building is shown from the egocentric perspective of the user rather than an artificial birds-eye perspective. Many users have difficulties to re-orient static maps to their current situation. The egocentric perspective effectively reduces the cognitive load that is required to understand maps. We have conducted a scientific study with 48 subjects in order to compare videos against maps in a real-life scenario. This study revealed that subjects, which have seen movies instead of maps, made considerably less errors during their wayfinding tasks. More…
News and Events
IPIN 2010. At the International Conferene on Indoor Positioning in Zurich we demonstrate the capabilities of YAMAMOTO for indoor positioning.
SC 2010. At the International Conferene on Spatial Cognition in Portland, Oregon, we introduced YAMAMOTO in a half-day tutorial to psychologists and architects concerned with wayfinding and spatial learning.
CeBIT 2010. Together with DFKI, we exhibited a dual reality demonstrator. The virtual YAMAMOTO model allows to virtually interact with the Smart Kitchen at DFKI Saarbrücken from Hannover. Read the full story at CeBit PUSH magazine.
CeBIT 2008. The Saarland University has exhibited the results of our research project RENA at the CeBit expo in Hannover. Visitors could navigate the booth with a mobile device.