Context, Sensing And Mobile Design

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Mainstream mobile devices are being loaded with sensors. These devices can be used to create experiences that are tailored, adaptive and responsive to the way people live and work. Location-awareness allows devices to respond to place, networked address books enable socially rich communication experiences, and motion and gestural sensors empower designers to respond to context of use. All these elements are creating a ’sensitive ecosystem’; mobile devices that adapt gracefully to context and use.

This presentation will explore some of the design and technology trends that are shaping design for mobile devices, show examples of devices and services that are starting to take advantage of these trends, then explain how designers need to rethink design problems to take advantage of this technological ground-shift.

Presented at Web Direction South '08.

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Context, Sensing And Mobile Design

  1. Context, Sensing & Mobiles Web Directions South September 25, 2008
  2. // START Mobile phones are stupid
  3. // START
  4. // START HERE What does sensing mean for mobile?
  5. // START HERE How do people and devices communicate intent?
  6. // START HERE A lot of this comes down to context
  7. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT Context is the defining problem of the design of mobile devices
  8. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT Let’s talk about situational context
  9. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT Situational context = What’s going on around the device?
  10. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT [pic of someone at a desktop]
  11. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  12. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  13. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  14. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT Distraction? Interruption? Concurrency?
  15. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  16. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  17. // SITUATIONAL CONTEXT
  18. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Let’s talk about conversational context
  19. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Situational context = What’s going on around the device?
  20. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Conversational context = How do people and devices communicate intent?
  21. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Versus
  22. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Explicit & Declarative vs Implicit & Gestural
  23. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Technological Making devices smarter about what’s going on by adding sensors.
  24. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Social Making people smarter by adding information and cues that help them make better judgments.
  25. // CONVERSATIONAL CONTEXT Context Situational Conversational Technological Social
  26. // TECHNOLOGICAL Let’s talk about the technological conversation
  27. // TECHNOLOGICAL [mountain pic]
  28. // TECHNOLOGICAL [date pic]
  29. // TECHNOLOGICAL [conference]
  30. // TECHNOLOGICAL My phone doesn’t adapt its behaviour to my activity
  31. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  32. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  33. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  34. // TECHNOLOGICAL The device augments its behaviour based on what’s going on
  35. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  36. // TECHNOLOGICAL 1 x GPS 2 x Accelerometers 1 x Touch sensitive surface 2 x Proximity sensors 1 x Light sensor
  37. // TECHNOLOGICAL Let’s talk about location sensors
  38. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  39. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  40. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  41. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  42. // TECHNOLOGICAL This is about gestures, as well as information
  43. // TECHNOLOGICAL Let’s talk about proximity sensors
  44. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  45. // TECHNOLOGICAL Source: Elastic Space
  46. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  47. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  48. // TECHNOLOGICAL Gestures allow for implicit interaction
  49. // TECHNOLOGICAL Let’s talk about movement
  50. // TECHNOLOGICAL Touch encourages more gesturing
  51. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  52. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  53. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  54. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  55. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  56. // TECHNOLOGICAL Sensors are allowing for implicit, gestural conversations between users and their devices
  57. // TECHNOLOGICAL
  58. // TECHNOLOGICAL Source: petitinvention
  59. // RECAP Context Situational Conversational Technological Social
  60. // SOCIAL
  61. // SOCIAL
  62. // SOCIAL
  63. // SOCIAL
  64. // SOCIAL Social context is being communicated, allowing for social judgement
  65. // SOCIAL
  66. // SOCIAL
  67. // SOCIAL The communication of social context enables us to sense how to better interact with people
  68. // SOCIAL It takes advantage of our great ability to be social sensors
  69. // START HERE What does sensing mean for mobile?
  70. // START HERE How do people and devices communicate intent?
  71. // WRAP Sensors allow us to communicate implicitly with devices. Showing social information allows people to sense intelligently.
  72. // WRAP For more inspiration: Dan Lockton - Architectures of Control Nicholas Nova - Pasta & Vinegar Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect Adam Greenfield - Speedbird Timo Arnall - Elastic Space
  73. Thanks. Gabriel White white@punchcut.com

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