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April 26, 2007

Lit Review - Engaging with a Situated Display via Picture Messaging

Engaging with a Situated Display via Picture Messaging (Martin, Penn et al. 2006)

This work in progress paper is not particularly insightful, but is a good tool for thinking about different ways that public displays can be interacted with. The authors describe Joe Blogg; a public display where users can contribute content by sending messages and images to it using their mobile phones. The apparent focus of Joe Blogg is asthetic, as the display is limited to the 3 most recently submitted photos, and the 3 most recently submitted SMS messages. By letting users submit content using SMS and MMS the system made it possible for people to send images to display regardless of their physical location – thus, it was possible for distal parties to influence the display’s content. The authors deployed the system in a lobby for one day, and were disappointed with the level of usage. It would be interesting to deploy their display in another space to better understand the role that sense of place plays in ones contribution to such a display. I can imagine that, there would have been more use if the system was deployed in an area where student milled around a lot, perhaps a lounge or break room.

Martin, K., A. Penn and L. Gavin (2006). Engaging with a situated display via picture messaging. CHI '06 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems. Montreal, Quebec, Canada, ACM Press.

Takeaway: This paper introduces us to a few dynamics: Aesthetic Vs Function, Local Vs Distal, Text Vs Image Vs Movie, and Place. It would be interesting to deploy this system for a longer period of time to determine if it would be used at all – or how it would be used over time – as well as how the aforementioned dynamics play out over time. I can imagine that its level of activity would vary greatly by time of day, day-of-the-week, season of the year, etc. It would be interesting to examine such a system for the trends of use that may arise over time.

Posted by bcx at April 26, 2007 01:51 PM


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