Archive for September, 2010

Rhythms and plasticity: television temporality at home - September 30th, 2010

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Congratulations to Informatics grad student, Lilly Irani on having her paper, “Rhythms and plasticity: television temporality at home” , published in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

Abstract:Digital technologies have enabled new temporalities of media consumption in the home. Through a field study of home television viewing practices, we investigated temporal orderings of television watching. In contrast to traditional pictures of television use, our evidence suggests that rhythms across households play an important role in shaping television watching. Further, we found a flexibility and openness within the patterns of television viewing that we refer to as “plasticity.” Our data suggest that plasticity and rhythms co-exist and together compose the qualitative experience of domestic television time; an understanding of both aspects of temporality suggests an approach for the design of future television technologies.

Congratulations Lilly!

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Posted: 9/30/10 11:24 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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Javascript demo of a Bubble Cursor - September 23rd, 2010

Bubble Cursor Demo

Bubble Cursor Demo

See this paper for more info: The bubble cursor: enhancing target acquisition by dynamic resizing of the cursor’s activation area

Click here for the demo

Abstract of paper that explains what this is about:

“We present the bubble cursor – a new target acquisition technique based on area cursors. The bubble cursor improves upon area cursors by dynamically resizing its activation area depending on the proximity of surrounding targets, such that only one target is selectable at any time. We also present two controlled experiments that evaluate bubble cursor performance in 1D and 2D target acquisition tasks, in complex situations with multiple targets of varying layout densities. Results show that the bubble cursor significantly outperforms the point cursor and the object pointing technique [8], and that bubble cursor performance can be accurately modeled and predicted using Fitts’ law.”

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Posted: 9/23/10 9:20 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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Mimi Ito awarded MacArthur Foundation Chair - September 22nd, 2010

Mimi Ito

Dr. Mimi Ito

Wow! LUCI Lab friend and Informatics Department member, Mimi Ito has been appointed as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning. Here is the email that came out from the Executive Vice Chancellor/Provost at UCI:

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mizuko “Mimi” Ito as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, effective September 1, 2010.

A recognized expert in the field of digital media and learning, Professor Ito holds appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Informatics in the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, and serves as Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub in the University of California Humanities Research Institute. She is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, focusing on children and youth’s changing relationships to media and communications. She recently completed a research project supported by the MacArthur Foundation, a three year ethnographic study of kid-initiated and peer-based forms of engagement with new media. In 2008, she was awarded the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Educational Research Association. Professor Ito holds Ph.D. degrees in Education and Anthropology from Stanford University. Her publications include “Engineering Play: A Cultural History of Children’s Software”, and the co-authored book, “Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media”, as well as a co-edited book, “Personal Portable Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese Life”.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Ito on this exciting appointment, and thanking the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for its generous support of this important initiative.”

Michael R. Gottfredson
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Congratulations Mimi!

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Posted: 9/22/10 4:16 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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Intel’s cultural anthropologist - September 21st, 2010

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CNN Money article about LUCI Lab friend Genevieve Bell:

Intel’s ultimate task is to enable technologies that are intimately connected to our lives. It is that “stickiness” that makes Apple products so adored, or explains why BlackBerry devices are addictive. But for all her talk of connectedness and serving the emerging world, Bell remains very much a killer: “If you do it right, if you make the thing in such a way that people love it, it will be part of everything,” Bell says. “It sounds macabre, but it has to be so important that you bury people with it.”

via CNN Money.

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Posted: 9/21/10 5:26 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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“Hi Kiosk! Help me plz. Performative interactions in a restaurant” - September 14th, 2010

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Congratulations to Informatics grad student, Vrishti Gulati and Informatics faculty member Bonnie Nardi on having their paper, “Hi Kiosk! Help me plz. Performative interactions in a restaurant.”, accepted to the Ubicomp 2010- Designing for Performative Interactions in Public Spaces Workshop

Abstract:The paper explores issues of performance and identity in interactions with a self service kiosk in a fast food restaurant. This is studied in context of a youth populated site-a fast food restaurant at a University Campus. I conducted ethnography in a Jack in the Box restaurant, a popular American chain. The focus is looking at performative aspects in social and public settings. All interactions with the kiosk—the choice of using it to order food, glances, playful interactions, and looks when others are using it— are viewed as exhibits of performance. Even non-interactions and ignorance of the kiosk display an aspect of performance.

Congratulations Vrishti and Bonnie!

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Posted: 9/14/10 11:57 pm PDT by Add Your Comment
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Photos from “Workshop of the Californias” - September 6th, 2010

Chateau Camou

Chateau Camou

Bill Griswold (from UCSD) posted some terrific photographs from our recent UCI/UCSD/UABC Workshop of the Californias in Mexico. If you didn’t have a chance to go, you missed out on a fun, informative trip. This is the second Southern California meetup that we have had recently and it seems to be turning into something promising. Thanks to Profs. Monica Tentori and Gillian Hayes for organizing.

More photos here.

Most of the attendees

Most of the attendees

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Posted: 9/6/10 8:24 pm PDT by Make the First Comment
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