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Re-creating Edinburgh: adopting the tourist gaze.

Burrows, Luke; Turner, Susan; Turner, Phil


Luke Burrows

Susan Turner

Phil Turner


Mark Neerincx

Willem-Paul Brinkman


Motivation – The work described in this paper investigated the potential of a low fidelity desktop application using the metaphor of the ‘tourist gaze’ in conveying a sense of place.
Research approach – An exploratory study was used, in which an application was developed and evaluated by 25 participants.
Findings/Design – The results suggest that the simple, non-immersive representation of Edinburgh through augmented images and sound supported a reasonable degree of sense of place.
Research limitations/Implications – This was a small scale study and trials against other environments are required.
Originality/Value – Relatively economical applications of this type could be of value in resource-constrained contexts such as therapeutic arenas.
Take away message – Low fidelity virtual reality applications may be surprisingly effective if expectations are constrained.


Burrows, L., Turner, S., & Turner, P. (2010). Re-creating Edinburgh: adopting the tourist gaze. In M. Neerincx, & W. Brinkman (Eds.), Proceedings of ECCE 2010

Conference Name ECCE10, The 10th European conference on cognitive ergonomics
Start Date Aug 24, 2010
End Date Aug 24, 2010
Publication Date 2010
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2010
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Proceedings of ECCE 2010
Public URL