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EPSRC Reference: EP/C518691/1
Title: Combining mobile devices and situated installations for extended and coherent user experiences
Principal Investigator: Koleva, Professor B
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Department: School of Computer Science
Organisation: University of Nottingham
Scheme: First Grant Scheme Pre-FEC
Starts: 26 September 2005 Ends: 25 September 2008 Value (£): 98,005
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Human-Computer Interactions
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Creative Industries
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Describe the proposed research in a style that would be accessible to an interested 14 year old [up to 4000 chars]This project will explore how we can best combine the mobile computer devices we carry on our persons with the interactive displays we find in public spaces to provide more interesting experiences when we visit these public settings.When you visit a museum or a shopping mall you are surrounded by different computer displays offering different forms of interaction which are designed to provide specific information for that setting. W e call these arrangements situated installations as they are designed to be installed in a particular place. As you visit these places you will often by carrying some form of personal device such as a mobile phone with a built in camera or a PDA with storage. These mobile devices are often tailored to meet your needs and allow you to carry considerable information from place to place.However, the situated installation and the mobile device currently inhabit very different worlds and cannot be used together. This proposal will explore how best they can be combined and how you may make use of these devices in tandem within these settings. This will involve exploring how a mobile device may be augmented with additional interactive capabilities to allow it to be used as part of the situated installation. For example, you may walk into a store within a shopping mall with your PDA, register with a display and be provided with a bar code reader that attaches to your PDA. As you move through the store you may scan items on the shelf and the wireless network in the store will provide your PDA with product information which you can keep. Alternatively, on visiting a museum you may use your mobile phone to take photographs of your friends which you can then display on a large shared guestbook display.Bringing these two worlds together requires us to understand how best to design interactive arrangements of these devices, how the interactive properties of the different devices can be combined and how the resulting interactive possibilities are presented to users. In order to do this we will work very closely with users to design solutions which meet their needs. We will start our explorations by designing for museum settings and will assess the advantages of this approach with the general public.
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