The main functionality of the ‘Homing Compass’ is to be a simple navigation system that points homewards via an arrow. In this simple pertains to no interaction and a low learning curve. The physical arrow contributes to this usability as well. Additional features such as a map, auditory feedback and alternate route selection were removed from the device to maintain this. The design’s look and feel resembles a compass by using familiar materials such as wood and metal. This reminiscence conveys the functionality on a subconscious level.
To read the in context evaluation we conducted with the Homing Compass you can read our Design4Health publication: http://research.shu.ac.uk/design4health/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/D4H_de-Jong_Brankaert.pdf