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Innovative Interfaces

  1. 1. Innovative Interfaces  Within Reach <ul><li>Educational Media Access & Production (EMAP)‏ </li></ul>TLt Conference, May 2008
  2. 2. Mr. Dave Trottier Mr. Jordan Epp Ms . Carrie Gates
  3. 3. Where are we? Where are we going? <ul><li>Mobile - Cell Phones </li></ul><ul><li>Mobility revisioned - iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><li>Video Game Systems - DS </li></ul><ul><li>Haptic Input Devices - Wii </li></ul><ul><li>Biometrics - EEG </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cellphones <ul><li>Not just voice anymore </li></ul><ul><li>Ubiquitous Mobile Communications device </li></ul><ul><li>Audio / Video device </li></ul><ul><li>playback / recording / collection </li></ul><ul><li>Data / Web gateway </li></ul><ul><li>mLearning, Geomatics </li></ul>Saskatchewan: Land Line 95.5% / Cell Phone 67.9% Canada: Land Line 90.5% / Cell Phone 66.8% http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/070504/d070504a.htm
  5. 5. What’s being done - SMS texting <ul><li>Text messaging – txtdrop.com </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile notes – jott.com </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys – mobiode.co </li></ul>
  6. 6. What’s being done - Audio <ul><li>Podcasting – GabCast.com </li></ul><ul><li>interviews, debates </li></ul><ul><li>sound clip collection, field trip </li></ul><ul><li>audiobooks, language skills/ESL </li></ul><ul><li>practice speech presentations </li></ul><ul><li>poetry slams, ringtone poetry slams </li></ul><ul><li>assessment, assignments </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is being done - Video <ul><li>Photoblogging – flickr.com </li></ul><ul><li>Video posting – eyespot.com , jumpcut.com (these two allow editing), youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>Documentary work </li></ul><ul><li>school news </li></ul><ul><li>digital storybooks </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is being done - Geomatics <ul><li>Marriage of all previous </li></ul><ul><li>Built in GPS or cellphone triangulation </li></ul><ul><li>CAERUS </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour and context </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cellphones <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection tool </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational tool </li></ul><ul><li>Automated publication to the web </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Screen Size </li></ul><ul><li>Texting as cheating, distraction, prohibited in schools </li></ul><ul><li>Time required to learn and teach </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of input devices, so applications must be general </li></ul><ul><li>Not everyone has one </li></ul>
  10. 10. iPod Touch Interface <ul><li>OSX 1.0 </li></ul><ul><li>400mhz processor </li></ul><ul><li>512MB RAM </li></ul><ul><li>8, 16, or 32GB </li></ul><ul><li>USB 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>802.11b/g WiFi </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-touch display </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerometer </li></ul>
  11. 11. Safari Web Browser
  12. 12. Web Apps
  13. 13. Remote Buddy
  14. 14. Remote Buddy
  15. 15. iPhone Remote
  16. 16. iPhone Remote Documents
  17. 17. Touchpad Pro <ul><li>3rd Party Application </li></ul><ul><li>iPod Touch must be “jailbroken” to install </li></ul><ul><li>Brings multi-touch capabilities to any mac </li></ul>
  18. 18. Touchpad Pro
  19. 19. Abilene Christian University <ul><li>All freshmen will be provided an iPod Touch </li></ul><ul><li>ACU mobile web-app </li></ul><ul><li>Schedules, registration, calendars, to-do lists all accessible </li></ul>
  20. 20. Nintendo DS <ul><li>Dual Screen Video Game Platform with touch interface (stylus or fingers)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Built in microphone (speech recognition)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>stereo audio </li></ul><ul><li>Repurposed as a small computer through freeware and open source modification </li></ul><ul><li>IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi wireless communications </li></ul>
  21. 21. Nintendo DS What is being done? <ul><li>70,600,000 units sold as of 03.31.2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Brainage </li></ul><ul><li>Schools in Scotland and Japan </li></ul><ul><li>“ Homebrew” is being used to make the system a small computer – flashcard comparison </li></ul><ul><li>tour guide Disneyland and Museums, enhanced events </li></ul><ul><li>Rumble pack, Camera, Accelerometer add ons </li></ul>
  22. 22. Nintendo DS <ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Actively seek out other ds </li></ul><ul><li>Plays video games old and new </li></ul><ul><li>Pictochat Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>Pictochat </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary </li></ul><ul><li>Small screens </li></ul>
  23. 23. Wiimote <ul><li>Bluetooth </li></ul><ul><li>IR camera </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerometer </li></ul>
  24. 24. EEG <ul><li>EEG stands for electroencephalography </li></ul><ul><li>Measures brainwave activity in left and right sides of the prefrontal cortex </li></ul><ul><li>Non-invasive </li></ul><ul><li>IBVA model is inexpensive and easy to set up </li></ul><ul><li>Early research stages </li></ul><ul><li>Exciting prospects </li></ul>
  25. 25. Types of Brainwaves Measured by EEG Image courtesy of IBVA http://www. ibva .co. uk
  26. 26. Examples <ul><li>Brainball http://www.tii.se/touchingtheinvisible/brainball.html </li></ul><ul><li>EEG Games http: //webideas . com/biofeedback/neurofeedback/ and http://www. foxnews .com/story/0,2933,269155,00.html </li></ul><ul><li>Luciana Haill’s EEG musical compositions http://www.myspace.com/lucianabrain </li></ul><ul><li>Photoreading http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvwEWIg4RS4 </li></ul>
  27. 27. Clinical uses <ul><li>Brain activity studies </li></ul><ul><li>Epilepsy testing </li></ul><ul><li>Prosthetics control </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring anesthetic effects </li></ul><ul><li>Behavioural research (ADD, ADHD)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Hypnotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Sleep Studies </li></ul>
  28. 28. What else is being done? <ul><li>Gaming Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Sports training </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive art </li></ul><ul><li>Music Composition </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation and Relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Self Awareness and Personal Development </li></ul>
  29. 29. How could this be used in education? <ul><li>Teaching focus and mental alertness </li></ul><ul><li>Stress therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Non-competitive team building skills </li></ul><ul><li>Visual art and music </li></ul><ul><li>Sports training </li></ul><ul><li>Interface for differently abled students </li></ul><ul><li>Photoreading research </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual presence enhancement </li></ul><ul><li>Open research question </li></ul>
  30. 30. Advantages <ul><li>Realtime feedback of brain activity </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches self control, concentration, focus </li></ul><ul><li>Gives greater insight into the self and mental processes </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent training for study, relaxation, and concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Inspires creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Many possibilities for discovery and innovation </li></ul>
  31. 31. Disadvantages <ul><li>Delicate equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Starting price is $1700 per unit </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized programming knowledge (Max/MSP/Jitter and IBVA)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Few educational programs offered yet </li></ul>
  32. 32. 3 Things to look up <ul><li>Brainball </li></ul><ul><li>Luciana </li></ul><ul><li>EEG Games </li></ul>
  33. 33. Thank you ! <ul><li>Educational Media Access and Production (EMAP)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>University of Saskatchewan </li></ul><ul><li>Room 25 Education Bldg. </li></ul><ul><li>28 Campus Drive </li></ul><ul><li>Saskatoon SK S7N 0X1 </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 966-2500 </li></ul><ul><li>www.emap.usask.ca </li></ul>

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