Aug 19, 2007

Technology Supported Human-World Interaction Blog

I've started another blog: Technology Supported Human-World Interaction (TSHWI)

"TSHWI is about the development of newer technologies that support human-world interaction. This concept incorporates the best of of HCI, CSCW, universal usability, interaction design, game design, educational technology, and Ubicomp/ Pervasive Computing. The definition of "World", can include virtual worlds, simulations, VR, or augmented reality - just about anything humans interact with in their daily lives."

About: Roomba - Human Family Interaction (NSF)

The National Science Foundation has a great article about a researcher from Carnegie-Mellon, Jodi Forlizzi who studies how families interact with their "adopted" Roombas.

Although Roombas were intended to function as lowly vacuums, when hacked, they just might have some interactive multimedia potential! Having a Roomba in the family room- and the classroom - might be a way to interest young people in exploring engineering and technology.

NSF article

Techeblog article with video clips and link to some downloadable code, if you are so inclined:

Five Top Roomba Hacks

1. Roomba Frogger Redux
2. Super Roomba with airsoft gun and laser sight
3. Caroling Roombas
4. Wiimote + Roomba
5. Cellphone-controlled Roomba

Aug 11, 2007

About Touch Enabled Displays: YouTube Clip- One Guy's Dream of a Touch Screen iMac

My dream? I want an affordable, thin touch-screen WiFi/Bluetooth/RFID - enabled display, embedded in an adjustable drafting table.

This set-up would provide users with multiple options, depending on the nature of the task or leisure pursuit. If you are a parent or teacher, you easily imagine the possibilities for your kids.

In the meantime, here is one guy's dream about a touch screen iMac:

I need to create a video of my drafting-table version!

Aug 7, 2007

About Interaction and Wireless Handheld Devices: Mediascapes and Create-A-Scape, and mscapers

If you are interested in learning more about Mediascapes (mscapes) and Create-A-Scape, the educational version of mscapes, take a look my recent post and related video clip on the TechPsych blog.


Futurelab's Create-A-Scape website

Hewlett-Packard's mscapers website

"Mediascapes are mobile, location-based experiences that incorporate digital media with the sights, sounds, and textures of the world around you. A mediascape blends digital images, video, audio and interactions with the physical landscape. Games, guided walks, tours, and destinations are among the mediascapes created to date. Download a mediascape onto a portable device, and see how your landscape comes alive as you move through the environment." -Hewlett-Packard

About Interaction and Displays: HP's Interactive Canvas

More video clips of interactive touch displays:

HP's Interactive Canvas, highlighting pictures and video.

Virtual instruments on HP's Virtual Canvas.

The application behind the Virtual Canvas is Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation.

According to Microsoft, "The Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation provides the foundation for building applications and high fidelity experiences in Windows Vista, blending to gether application UI, documents, and media content, while exploiting the full power of your computer. The functionality extends to the support for Tablet and other forms of input, a more modern imaging and printing infrastructure, data driven UI and visualization, as well as the integration points for weaving the application experience into the Windows shell."

Related Links:

"Look or Feel" blog

Aug 6, 2007

About Interaction: Bill Buxton and Multi-Touch Systems

Based on data from SiteMeter, there are a number of my readers who are searching for information about touch screen interaction design and multi-touch systems. A great resource for anyone interested in these topics is Bill Buxton's website, "Multi-Touch Systems that I have Known and Loved".

Bill provides a good overview of the various flavors of multi-touch interaction and interfaces, along with a an annotated chronology of multi-touch and related technologies, starting before 1982. The chronology includes some interesting pictures.

Bill Buxton works for Microsoft Research. The following information is from his bio:

"Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton's research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing."

About Displays: Content Interface- Touch Interaction on a Panasonic Display

Here is a video-clip of a demo from Content Interface using a large touch-enabled Panasonic display.

About Displays

From time-to-time I will share information about displays under the heading "About Displays"

Why? When I set out to learn more about display hardware and related technologies that support interactive multimedia applications, I quickly discovered that things are changing - fast. Some of the technology is complex.

I will post a list of research articles and related information soon. I know that my list is missing some pieces, as it is difficult to keep up with important changes. For this reason, I'm asking my readers to help me out by posting a comment about display-related information to share with others when you come across something interesting and useful.

Here is an example of something worth sharing:

Dolby Acquires BrightSide

"The DR37-P is a spectacular breakthrough in display technology. It uses an array of individually modulated LED backlights to provide 10 times the brightness and 100 times the contrast of existing television and computer monitors. The Extreme Dynamic Range display delivers more vibrant images, enabling you to see information onscreen in vivid detail."

"In an HDR-enabled display, the backlight consists of an array of ultrahigh-brightness white or tricolor light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Each LED can be controlled individually—faster than video refresh rates. The lower-resolution LED image is then projected through a standard LCD panel, which displays a high-resolution version of the image, resulting in a vibrant display."

A display with HDR technology might be something to consider for use with people with visual impairments, which are more commen among the elderly.

Links to whitepapers, screen shots, and interactive demos are welcome!

HDRInteractive Demo