Itsme Cct2009 Demo

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Itsme Cct2009 Demo

  1. 1. itsme: developing next generation personal computing by Marco Loregian and Alessandro Morandi marco.loregian@itsme.it alessandro.morandi@itsme.it on behalf of Giorgio De Michelis giorgio.demichelis@itsme.it © 2008 by Itsme S.r.l. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of Itsme S.r.l.
  2. 2. Outline The scenario The metaphor of ‘stories and venues’ The itsme approach Conclusion, Q&A, individual demos C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 2
  3. 3. The scenario C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 3
  4. 4. Three main problems with PCs The personal computer has been unable to cope with the evolution of the Cyberspace: information overload (from keys to gigas; more and bigger objects) dispersion of information (in the file system, attachment folder, e-mail, browser) backwardness of the PC file system with respect to the Web (no tags, hyperlinks, and structure) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 4
  5. 5. The desktop metaphor Based on similarity with physical environment Familiar tools and operations Reflecting some specific work practices ...in the ‘80s!!!! C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 5
  6. 6. Problems of the desktop metaphor well known since the ‘80s Very dependent on the culture (of the designers) (Olsen and Korfhage 1994) Implies a physical organization of elements that is tightly coupled to the logical organization, and vice versa Requires memorizing where a lot of stuff is (Ravasio et al. 2004) Depends on hierarchical file system OK for a limited number of items, if each item is meant to be available in a single place (and not in different contexts), as long as the user is able and willing to keep things sorted C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 6
  7. 7. Additional problems with the user interface (Ravasio et al. 2004) Concerning the interface: the desktop metaphor should help novice users but it does not, the screen plane is regularly misused and overcrowded, skilled users are irritated by similarities between the screen plane and the file system’s interface, and the user interface is too intrusive Concerning the underlying system: the separation between files, email and bookmarks is inconvenient, temporary material (short term notes) are not supported, resources cannot be linked even if they belong together, classification and gaining overview implies additional effort C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 7
  8. 8. How to possibly solve these issues Refer to better metaphors (also non-physical) Get rid of hierarchies (when they are not needed) Learn from the best of the Web (e.g., folksonomies) Put the user, and not the workplace, at the center of the world C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 8
  9. 9. Our idea, itsme vision: Stories and Venues C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 9
  10. 10. A new workstation Helping to avoid the dispersion of information Embodying what we know about knowledge work Designed for those people who “think what they do holds value” Based on a new metaphor: ‘stories and venues’ C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 10
  11. 11. Implementation A new front-end where: Related objects, messages, urls, people contact details, information sources, and tools appear together A ‘back-end’ enabling Linux to support it C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 11
  12. 12. A new metaphor: ‘stories and venues’ Our life interweaves a large number of different stories Each story has its participants and objects Each story has its venue, where you can access its participants and objects Each person lives in several diverse interweaving venues The new metaphor is characterized by its being plural and its reflecting situatedness of human experience C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 12
  13. 13. itsme: research C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 13
  14. 14. itsme workstation scheme (vision) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 14
  15. 15. itsme: a workstation based on the metaphor of ‘stories and venues’ At any moment, itsme presents the venue of the story in which its user is acting itsme users do not need to search for things: they have them at hand itsme creates, maintains and updates the venues of its user itsme venues can be corrected, modified and organized by its user itsme is not intrusive: its behavior is purely reactive C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 15
  16. 16. What’s a venue in the itsme UI? C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 16
  17. 17. itsme interface layers C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 17
  18. 18. The look of a venue C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 18
  19. 19. Venue details Create new message Highlight related items Single channel view C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 19
  20. 20. itsme emulator RELEASED TODAY!!! C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 20
  21. 21. itsme: OS development C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 21
  22. 22. itsme architecture overview C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 22
  23. 23. “Our” Linux Two members of our team started Sabayon Linux www.sabayon.org Binary GNU/Linux based on Gentoo Focused on user: simplicity, style, usability Entropy package management framework The way to easily distribute and maintain itsme itsme front-end as an alternative UI C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 23
  24. 24. Front-end architecture (version 0.1) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 24
  25. 25. The itsme back-end: Guglielmo (design rationale) Powerful and flexible meta/data management system Open source project, available as a framework (with plugin technology) to implement any other metaphor But with design requirements initially extracted from itsme interaction manual Technologically decoupled from front-end implementation C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 25
  26. 26. Guglielmo (architecture, version 0.1 RC3) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 26
  27. 27. itsme first interactive prototype (version 0.1 released internally Apr. 1st) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 27
  28. 28. itsme: communication, involvement, participation C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 28
  29. 29. itsme community website Provide information about the project Create a community discussing about the scenario in which we are working Design with us and interactively evaluate what we are doing C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 29
  30. 30. C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 30
  31. 31. C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 31
  32. 32. Concept evaluation http://www.itsme.it/evaluation (since October 2008) C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 32
  33. 33. Questions? C&T2009, State College (PA) – June 26, 2009 –––––––––––––––––––– http://itsme.it ––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 33
  34. 34. Thank you for your attention! giorgio.demichelis@itsme.it marco.loregian@itsme.it alessandro.morandi@itsme.it www.itsme.it

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