Designing Ubiquitous Technology for the Home
Speaker: Stephen Intille , MIT House_n
Date: April 18 2003
This talk will consist of two parts, each touching on the challenges of creating ubiquitous computing environments for the homes of the present and future.
In part 1: Occupants of future computing environments with ubiquitous display devices may feel inundated with changing digital information. One solution is to create a reasoning module that accepts requests to display information from multiple applications and controls how the information is presented to minimize visual disruptions to users. Such a system might use information about what activity is occurring in the space to exploit a powerful phenomenon of the human visual system: change blindness.
In part 2: I will describe some of the work my group is doing to create tools for studying behavior and technology in natural settings. We are developing environmental and mobile sensor technologies that can be easily brought into existing homes and used to collect (or infer) information about activities of daily living in non-intrusive, non-stigmatizing ways. I will describe three of the tools and then provide a brief overview of the PlaceLab, a unique residential observational laboratory under construction in Cambridge (and available to all MIT researchers) that we will use to study ubiquitous computing technologies for proactive health.
Stephen Intille is Technology Director of the Changing Places / House_n: MIT Home of the Future Project based out of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. His research interests are focused on the development of context-recognition algorithms and interface design strategies for ubiquitous computing environments. Of special focus is the challenge of creating spaces and devices that motivate behavior change over long periods of time, particularly as applied to preventative health care.
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