Giving Users Control in Ubiquitous Computing Environments (21 May 2004)
Supporting feedback and control in traditional desktop applications is necessary to help users understand and interact with these applications. With implicit data collection, synthesis and action being key parts of most ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) visions, feedback and control are even more important in this domain. However, current ubicomp applications and tools for building them have little support for providing users with feedback and control.
In this talk, I describe a key subset of ubicomp applications known as context-aware applications, which adapt to their context of use. Providing appropriate feedback and control in context-aware systems is crucial to a "good" user experience. An important aspect of giving end users control is allowing them to build and evolve their own context-aware applications. I present two systems that support this, without requiring any programming by end users. To support feedback in context-aware systems, I present research in applications and toolkits that provides information about past, present and future states of an application.
Article URL: http://hci.stanford.edu/seminar/abstracts/03-04/040519-dey.html
(Anind Dey, Intel Research)
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