Abstract

The GPS Ranger is a new portable technology that uses a built in global positioning system to trigger video, audio, or slideshows that are displayed on a 4 inch display. Technological advancements have enabled devices like the GPS Ranger to be used in many new places including national parks. The purpose of this study was to undertake an exploratory investigation of GPS Ranger experiences in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. Results indicate that GPS Ranger users primarily had experiences focused around nature and learning. Technology was not identified as major part of their national monument experience. Visitors’ experiences with the technology were positive but some problems were identified. The device caused positive and negative changes in behavior.

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Interpretive Technology in Parks: A study of visitor experience with portable multimedia devices

The GPS Ranger is a new portable technology that uses a built in global positioning system to trigger video, audio, or slideshows that are displayed on a 4 inch display. Technological advancements have enabled devices like the GPS Ranger to be used in many new places including national parks. The purpose of this study was to undertake an exploratory investigation of GPS Ranger experiences in Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. Results indicate that GPS Ranger users primarily had experiences focused around nature and learning. Technology was not identified as major part of their national monument experience. Visitors’ experiences with the technology were positive but some problems were identified. The device caused positive and negative changes in behavior.