Chapter 3 Wayfinding: Where Am I

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Wayfinding: Where Am I?

A logical extension to thinking about what we are looking at is understanding where we are in space. A large portion of the human brain is devoted to the representation of spatial information, so we ought to discuss it and consider how this cognitive process might be harnessed in our designs from two perspectives: knowing where we are, and knowing how we can move around in space.

The Ant in the Desert: Computing Euclidean Space

To help you think about the concept of wayfinding, I’m going to tell you about large Tunisian ants in the desert—who interestingly share an important ability that we have. I first read about this and other amazing animal abilities in Randy Gallistel’s ...

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