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Innovative Interfaces

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

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