Friday, 6 February 2009

What happens if Design meets Pervasive Computing?

This morning I met with Claudius Lazzeroni, a colleague from Folkwang Hochschule (they were part of our University till two years ago).
They have different study programs in design and art related subjects. He showed me some projects ( - in German but lots of pictures that give you the idea). Many of the ideas and prototypes related to our work and I hope we get some joint projects going. I think it could be really exciting to have projects with design and computer science students - looking forward to this!

When I was in the UK we collaborated in the equator project with designers - mainly Bill Gaver and his group - and the results were really exciting [1]. We build a table that reacted to load changes on the surfaces and allowed you to fly virtually over the UK. The paper is worthwhile to read - if you are in a hurry have a look at the movie about it on youtube:

There was a further project with a table -  a key table - and for this one there more funny (and less serious?) video on youtube:

[1] Gaver, W. W., Bowers, J., Boucher, A., Gellerson, H., Pennington, S., Schmidt, A., Steed, A., Villars, N., and Walker, B. 2004. The drift table: designing for ludic engagement. In CHI '04 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Vienna, Austria, April 24 - 29, 2004). CHI '04. ACM, New York, NY, 885-900. DOI=

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