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Autor OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology
Lizenz Free?
Plattform Android
Status Defekt
Version 3.0
Sprache Englisch
Programmiersprache Java

Android navigation application, aiming at pedestrians. Information on the next waypoint can be encoded in tactile feedback.

PocketNavigator ( is an OpenStreetMap-based pedestrian navigation application for Android.


The PocketNavigator enables you to navigate in a foreign city without forcing you to repetetive look on your device as a usual navigation system would do. This is possible because the Pocket Navigator uses tactile feedback to guide you through your way. Thus, your device can safely stay right inside your pocket. The PocketNavigator is one of the HaptiMap (FP7-ICT-224675) demonstrators. HaptiMap is a project, funded by the European Commission, which aims to make map data and location-based services more accessible to visually impaired or elderly people.


The recent release of the PocketNavigator (version 3.0) has been released on 11th of July 2011. The following features are new:

  • Maps can be cached for offline use
  • Zooming by two-finger pinch gesture
  • Updated to Android 2.1, now also tablet ready (3.0)
  • Simplified search entry dialog
  • Improved accessibility
  • Better identification of addresses
  • German translation available
  • Experimental features


The PocketNavigator is part of a research project. Thus, rarely feature wishes can be considered by the developers. However, feel free to add them in the 'Feature Wishes' section below, and we will look what we can do. Bugs and occuring problems can be reported to the developers via email. In particular we are happy about feedback on accessibility.

Feature Wishes

  • Wish #1
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