Attentive Objects: Enriching People's Natural Interaction with Everyday Objects
Speaker: Pattie Maes , MIT Media Lab
What if the everyday objects around us came to life? What if they could sense our presence, our focus of attention and our actions and respond with relevant information, suggestions, and actions? This is the central question addressed by the Ambient Intelligence research group at the MIT Media Laboratory. We are developing novel sensing and software techniques that make it possible to create so called "attentive objects". For example, we are creating technologies that make it possible for the book you are holding to tell you what passages you may be particularly interested in, while the bookshelf in the room might show you which books are similar to the one in your hands, and the picture of your grandmother on the wall keeps you abreast of how she is doing when you glance up at it. This talk will present an overview of the current projects in the Media-Lab's Ambient Intelligence research group. In contrast to related approaches, the group's work focuses on interfaces for "natural", "on-the-move" interaction. The projects also stress the use of non-invasive technologies and piggy-back onto the "technologies" we already wear or carry around every day such as a cell phone and wristwatch.