The spatial character of sensor technology
Reeves, Stuart and Pridmore, Tony and Crabtree, Andy and Green, Jonathan and Benford, Steve and O'Malley, Claire (2006) The spatial character of sensor technology. In: Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), July 2006, State College, PA, USA.
By considering the spatial character of sensor-based interactive systems, this paper investigates how discussions of seams and seamlessness in ubiquitous computing neglect the complex spatial character that is constructed as a side-effect of deploying sensor technology within a space. Through a study of a torch (`flashlight') based interface, we develop a framework for analysing this spatial character generated by sensor technology. This framework is then used to analyse and compare a range of other systems in which sensor technology is used, in order to develop a design spectrum that contrasts the revealing and hiding of a system's structure to users. Finally, we discuss the implications for interfaces situated in public spaces and consider the benefits of hiding structure from users.
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