Smartphone-Based Augmented Multi-Sensory Signage
Navigating hallways to find a particular room can be very challenging for building users, particularly visitors unfamiliar with a building’s layout and even more so for individuals with physical limitations or other disabilities. Although wall signs are required by the ADA to be consistently located on the latch side of a door at a height off the ground of 48 to 60 inches, wall signs that are flat against the wall require a building user to walk back and forth and visit each room before knowing where a room is located. In addition, wall signs provide very little information beyond a room number.
1. Provide building users with more information
2. Allow any individual easy access to that information
The two types of signs we used, and the size of each marker and information they provide, were determined based on our research findings discussed above. Only a rough idea for laying out the markers was needed to test for reliability. Material and other design considerations for the signage itself need to be developed further.