The spatial character of sensor technology

Reeves, Stuart, Pridmore, Tony, Crabtree, Andy, Green, Jonathan, Benford, Steve and O'Malley, Claire (2006) The spatial character of sensor technology. In: Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), July 2006, State College, PA, USA.

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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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Sensor technology, space, ubiquitous computing, seams
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Reeves, Stuart
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 20:30

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