Local applications and services

This is a design brief, one of many themes that the Touch project is investigating.

One of the most important features of NFC is that it only works at a very short range. This ties our interactions to particular places or objects, and forces us to design applications or services that work on a local level. With internet development we have become accustomed to designing applications that service a global, disembodied set of users. The return to the local that is suggested by NFC technology is a very interesting challenge and potentially disruptive to design practice.

What information, applications and services can be usefully tied to specific places or situations?

If a service can reliably know that a user has been in a certain place, what does that information enable? What is the value of being physically present for an interaction to take place? What services are specific to the home, to the office, to public or private transport, to a specific public space or to a particular shop?

This project should consider detailed interactions between the mobile phone, services and local contexts. The project should use field studies and scenario design processes to explore services in the context of everyday objects and places. How might existing signage, advertising and urban interfaces be complemented with local interactions?

References

Attention Please!. “To explore the notion of presence, aura, and attention there is a very creative angle to be explored; “how can something attract attention?” As we are also using fixed capability RFID technology”

NFC presence. “Now I can just touch one of these tags with my phone, and a few seconds later (some delays are involved with starting the Java midlet and connecting to GPRS) the little box on the right changes to show my location. Voila: NFC-powered presence.”

Location-based service. An area full of interaction design clichés: “One example of a location-based service might be to allow the subscriber to find the nearest business of a certain type, such as an Italian restaurant.”

NFC completes Smart Posters standard. “Smart Posters are much more important to the NFC than a mechanism for giving away a few tones or setting up networking. Smart Posters have been promoted as the mechanism by which network operators can make money out of NFC.”

Touchable services, local interactions. “Students looked at how to increase the cohesion of local communities. As a starting point they studied a local record shop and looked at the intricate social and economic relationships around it.”

Annotate space by Andrea Moed. “A project to develop experiential forms of journalism and nonfiction storytelling for use at specific locations. Stories are presented through text, images and audio files that participants can download from the Web to their handheld computers and take with them to the place of interest.” Link and PDF

A list of Spatial annotation projects at elasticspace.

Redström, J., Dahlberg, P., Ljungstrand, P., and Holmquist, L.E. (1999), Designing for Local Interaction, In Proceedings of MANSE ‘99, Springer Verlag. “Much development of information technology has been about reducing the importance of distances and user location. Still, many important activities and events are of local nature, for instance serendipitous face-to-face communication. In order to support such communication, as well as other examples of local interaction, we have developed three prototypes all based on wireless short-range communication.” Link and PDF

Read more about these design briefs.

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