Blog Category: Ubiquitous computing

Test-driven research

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This has been a busy summer for the ReBoard project: Scott Carter, Jake Biehl and I spent a bunch of time building and debugging our code, and  Wunder-intern Stacy ran a great study for us, looking at how people use their office whiteboards before and after we deployed our system. We’ll be blogging more about some of the interesting details in the coming months, but I wanted to touch on a topic that occurred to me as we’re working on the CHI 2010 submission.

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Tangible Tools for Design

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We are happy to see that the summer issue of the AIEDAM journal is now published (editors:  Ellen Yi-Luen Do and Mark D. Gross). It contains our article on the electronic-paper-based Post-Bits system, “Prototyping a tangible tool for design: Multimedia e-paper sticky notes.”

So, what are Post-Bits? We were looking for new ways to use e-paper, and at the same time, we were (and are) very interested in tangible tools for enhancing all kinds of work. This project started when Takashi Matsumoto interned here at FXPAL.  You can see Takashi talking about Post-Bits in the video below the fold:

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High Tech Chocolate: FXPAL at PARC Forum

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The PARC Forum last week featured Timothy Childs of TCHO with a cameo appearance by (ahem) me. The talk was part of a “Risk Takers” series at the PARC Forums, hosted by Linda Jacobson (who Timothy and I both knew from Web3D long ago – small world!).

The talk was primarily about TCHO’s re-invention of the chocolate production process, starting with the cacao farmers in countries like Peru and Ghana. The FXPAL/TCHO collaboration, which focuses on applying emerging technologies in a real-world industrial setting (the chocolate factory) is discussed starting at about 23:00 in the streamed video.

Sadly, though we do a lot of multi-modal media and interface work here, we are not yet equipped to provide chocolate tastings on this blog.

Noto bene: you might want to FF past some start-up kerfuffle (recalcitrant new laptop, USB drive troubles, projector connector troubles, finally solved by Ed Chi to the rescue with just the right cable). Talk really starts around 1:30.

Theobromine molecule

Theobromine molecule

DICE video

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In an earlier post, I described briefly the DICE system and the paper we are publishing on it. At the time I wrote it, I had forgotten that we had a short YouTube video of an early version of the system.

The video demonstrates how to use DICE to schedule and run meetings.

See the FXPAL YouTube page for more videos of FXPAL research.

DICE @ CHI 2009

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Our paper on conference room automation got accepted to CHI 2009. We describe the DICE system and report on about a year’s worth of use during its deployment at FXPAL. The system uses a task-based user interface to manage meetings in technologically-enhanced conference rooms. Unlike AMX or Crestron systems, it integrates with the file system and supports multiple speakers. Each speaker can specify how the room should be configured independently, and the system manages the transitions between speakers.

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