Navigation Support for the Walking Wounded
We aim at designing an effective evacuation support system for disaster response, specifically tailored to aid the walking wounded, a significant group of victims suffering from relatively minor injuries. Supplying walking wounded victims with a simple navigation aid enables them to arrive at a predetermined safe area, while allowing first responders to be allocated where they are most needed. This, we believe, may lead to a more efficient evacuation process. In this paper, we describe a user-centered iterative design process of the navigation aid for the walking wounded. The paper outlines the project from the design phase, through the development and evaluation phases. We find that pedestrian navigation by the sole use of an arrow-pointing device is possible. Additional functionality may enhance the user’s confidence and efficiency.
Keywordsuser-centered design navigation walking wounded prototyping evacuation disaster response
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