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In this paper, we begin by laying out our motivation for exploring methods of evaluating Ambient Information Systems, with a strong push toward in-situ studies. Next, we describe a simple study which was conducted to give us further insight into this research domain. We conclude by discussing the insights gained from our study, and possible ways to improve(More)
We describe the use of an ambient display called Twitterspace for promoting awareness of events and member activities within our community centers. Content for the display pulls from the social networking platform Twitter. Tweets, which are the recent posts from community members, move across large screens placed in public rooms. Through the concept of(More)
Video prototyping is an established technique in HCI, often used early in the design process to show the context in which a particular interface might be used. Unfortunately, even with falling costs, video production is expensive and demands many tangible resources. Machinima appears poised to offer a new approach to video prototyping. To understand how(More)
This paper describes the methodology and results of an attempt to use a wiki web site for political collaboration. Recruited through gateway contacts for online political organizations and publications, participants in the PoliticWiki project were asked to create a political platform from scratch. Foundation content was copied from 3rdParty.org to seed the(More)
Proposed thesis research uses Twitter-a young channel for phatics communication-as a catalyst to promote community awareness and strengthen connections between members. This paper examines the phatic function, or messages about the communication channel, and its growing interest in HCI research. Examples of projects are described in the context of better(More)
Strategies for meeting people online are often based on appearance or demographics, criteria that do not guarantee quality connections or long-lasting relationships. Drawing from prior work in ambiguity and affective interaction, pixSmix is a conceptual design to facilitate human connection through visual expression and interpretation. Participants create(More)
The natural world is filled with examples of complexity, a notion that new system behavior emerges from the local interactions of its many similar parts. This phenomenon translates to the artificial world as well. When examined in conjunction with established theories from human-computer interaction, complexity offers a unique perspective to system design(More)
As the "baby-boomer" generation approaches retirement, the United States will enjoy a significant increase in the number of senior citizens. Issues involving seniors are likely to rise to the forefront of national consciousness. A primary concern for this population is the loss of companionship, which can contribute to isolation, depression, and decreased(More)