Category: Everyware


Video of 'Social Interaction Design for Augmented Reality' from TWAB 2010

July 2nd, 2010 — 1:34am

The good peo­ple at Chi Nether­lands just posted video of my talk “Play­ing Well With Oth­ers: Inter­ac­tion Design and Social Design for Aug­mented Real­ity” at the Web and Beyond 2010 here in Ams­ter­dam in June.  It’s couched as a col­lec­tion of design prin­ci­ples for the oncom­ing cat­e­gory of social aug­mented inter­ac­tions made pos­si­ble by the new medium of aug­mented real­ity.  But this talk is also a call to action for all mak­ers of expe­ri­ences for the emerg­ing engage­ment space of every­ware to focus on the human and the humane per­spec­tives as we explore the new inter­ac­tions made possible.

The out­line of the talk is roughly:

  1. Overview of aug­mented reality
  2. Social inter­ac­tion per­spec­tive on cur­rent AR experiences
  3. Def­i­n­i­tion of ‘social aug­mented experiences’
  4. Com­mon inter­ac­tion design pat­terns for AR
  5. Social ‘anti-patterns’ lim­it­ing design of aug­mented experiences
  6. Design prin­ci­ples for social aug­mented experiences

(The audio qual­ity is quite good, and the cam­era­man cap­tured most of the slides nicely — so this is a record­ing worth watching.)

This year’s TWAB fea­tured sev­eral talks on aug­mented real­ity, ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing and related top­ics; you’ll find record­ings of these on the Chi Ned­er­land Vimeo chan­nel: http://vimeo.com/chinederland

Many thanks to the orga­niz­ers and vol­un­teers for putting on such a well-run event!

TWAB2010: Joe Laman­tia — Play­ing well with oth­ers: inter­ac­tion design and social design for aug­mented real­ity from Chi Ned­er­land on Vimeo.

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Where 2.0 Panel Presentation "The Next Wave of AR: Social Augmented Experiences"

April 2nd, 2010 — 7:22am

I’ve posted my slides for the Where 2.0 panel “The Next Wave of AR: Social Aug­mented Expe­ri­ences” orga­nized by Tish Shute. After a review of the cur­rent state of aug­mented real­ity expe­ri­ences in terms of the social inter­ac­tions sup­ported (using the met­ric of ‘social matu­rity’), it shares 9 prin­ci­ples for cre­at­ing social AR expe­ri­ences that peo­ple will enjoy and value.

Spe­cial points to those who spot the embed­ded April Fool’s joke…

Design Prin­ci­ples for Social Aug­mented Expe­ri­ences: Next Wave of AR Panel | Where 2.0

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Radio Johnny Holland Interview On Augmented Reality Is Live

March 8th, 2010 — 9:31am

Radio Johnny (brought to you by the good peo­ple of Johnny Hol­land mag­a­zine) just pub­lished an inter­view Jeff Parks recorded with me shortly before the New Year, dis­cussing aug­mented real­ity, why it’s of inter­est for Expe­ri­ence Design, and some of the areas of likely devel­op­ment we’ll see in AR in the near future.

You can down­load the pod­cast, check out the show notes, and sub­scribe to the full Radio Johnny feed here: http://johnnyholland.org/2010/03/08/radio-johnny-joe-lamantia-on-augmented-reality/

Hubris alert: I admit to hav­ing grandiose schemes to influ­ence the evo­lu­tion of an emerg­ing medium, by con­sis­tently hec­tor­ing the world on the impor­tance of tools for sim­ple con­tent creation…

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Playing Well With Others: Design Principles For Social Augmented Experiences

March 7th, 2010 — 10:21am

UXmat­ters just pub­lished Play­ing Well with Oth­ers: Design Prin­ci­ples for Social Aug­mented Expe­ri­ences, the lat­est install­ment of my col­umn Every­ware, which man­ages to range from Air­plane II to zom­bies, all while con­tin­u­ing the recent focus on aug­mented real­ity and expe­ri­ence design.  ‘Play­ing Well With Oth­ers’ sug­gests AR has two paths to fol­low as it evolves, and pro­poses some design prin­ci­ples for cre­at­ing the social aug­mented expe­ri­ences — expe­ri­ences rely­ing on aug­mented social inter­ac­tions as the cen­ter of grav­ity — that lie along one of those two paths.

Here’s an excerpt:

With the exotic, mixed real­i­ties that futur­ists and science-fiction writ­ers have envi­sioned seem­ingly just around the cor­ner, it is time to move beyond ques­tions of tech­ni­cal fea­si­bil­ity to con­sider the value and impact of turn­ing the real­i­ties of every­day social set­tings and expe­ri­ences inside out. As with all new tech­nolo­gies as they move from the stage of tech­ni­cal probe to social probe, this AR trans­for­ma­tion will hap­pen case by case and con­text by con­text, involv­ing many fac­tors beyond the direct reach of UX design. How­ever, as a result of the inher­ently social nature of aug­mented real­ity, we can be sure the value and impact of many aug­mented expe­ri­ences depends in large part on how effec­tively they inte­grate the social dimen­sions of real-world set­tings, in real time.

The first four design prin­ci­ples are:

  • Default to the Human
  • Enhance­ment Not Replacement
  • Build Real Bridges
  • Stay Off the Crit­i­cal Path

Of course, this is just a start­ing list, and they raise almost as many ques­tions as they attempt to answer.

Some of those follow-up ques­tions include: what other prin­ci­ples are there?

Are there ‘anti-principles’ to be aware of?

What’s the best way to make these prin­ci­ples part of design­ing aug­mented experiences?

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What's the Next Wave of Augmented Reality? (Panel at Where 2.0)

February 10th, 2010 — 3:14am

2009 was a big year for aug­mented real­ity, and there are many pre­dic­tions that 2010 will be even big­ger; with accom­plish­ments com­ing in the form of new tech­nolo­gies, devices, busi­ness mod­els, and ways of hav­ing fun.  But even as we go about build­ing this emerg­ing medium, we’re still rely­ing largely on old-media style cen­tral­ized under­stand­ings of the pro­duc­tion mod­els, form, and con­tent of the aug­mented world.  What hap­pens when we grasp the new social and inter­ac­tion pos­si­bil­i­ties of aug­mented reality?

I’m part of a panel titled The Next Wave of AR: Explor­ing Social Aug­mented Expe­ri­ences that’s address­ing this ques­tion at the Where 2.0 con­fer­ence in San Jose in late March / early April.  We’ve got a good group of speak­ers that includes Tish Shute (Ugo­trade), whur­ley * (whur­leyvi­sion llc),Jeremy Hight (Mis­sion Col­lege, CA), and Thomas Wro­bel (Lost Again).  Our goal is to look ahead at how aug­mented real­ity will soon evolve to include — or be based on! — mean­ing­ful social inter­ac­tions and dynam­ics at small and large group scales.

In the spirit of co-created social aug­mented expe­ri­ences, we’re ask­ing for audi­ence con­tri­bu­tions: in the form of sim­ple sce­nar­ios that describe the future of social AR.  What will it feel like? Who will you inter­act with?  How will these expe­ri­ences change every­day life?

Panel Sum­mary (full descrip­tion on the Where 2.0 site)

This panel will dis­cuss shared aug­mented real­i­ties, con­sid­er­ing some of the essen­tial pos­si­bil­i­ties and chal­lenges inher­ent in this new class of social aug­mented expe­ri­ences. The for­mat is pre­sen­ta­tion of a small set of sce­nar­ios (defined in advance, with audi­ence input) describ­ing likely future forms of shared aug­mented real­i­ties at dif­fer­ing scales of social engage­ment for dis­cus­sion by a panel of lead­ing prac­ti­tion­ers in tech­nol­ogy, expe­ri­ence design, net­worked urban­ism, inter­face design, game design, and aug­mented reality.

Cur­rent aug­mented real­ity expe­ri­ences put who you are, where you are, what you are doing, and what is around you at cen­ter stage. But we can already look beyond the first stage of inter­ac­tions assum­ing a sin­gle user see­ing sim­ple arrows and tags indi­cat­ing POIs, and begin to explore shared (multiuser/multisource) aug­mented real­i­ties.
These social aug­mented expe­ri­ences will allow not only mashups, & mul­ti­source data flows, but dynamic over­lays (not lim­ited to 3d), cre­ated by dis­trib­uted groups of users, linked to location/place/time, and syn­di­cated to peo­ple who wish to engage with the expe­ri­ence by view­ing and co-creating ele­ments for their own goals and benefit.

Share your sce­nar­ios for the Next Wave of AR in the com­ments or else­where (tag nextwaveAR socialAR), and come to Where 2.0 and see the panel!

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"Inside Out: Interaction Design for Augmented Reality" Live @ UX Matters

August 19th, 2009 — 7:02am

I’m very happy to announce that Inside Out: Inter­ac­tion Design for Aug­mented Real­ity — the lat­est install­ment of my col­umn Every­ware @UX Mat­ters -  is live now.  (Tim­ing is some­times the writer’s friend, as I was at the Layar event Mon­day night here in Ams­ter­dam just the day before, and had the chance to talk with some of their team.)

AR is more of a per­spec­tive and class of expe­ri­ences than an instance of new tech­nol­ogy, so I wanted to approach the sub­ject from the spe­cific per­spec­tive of user expe­ri­ence and inter­ac­tion design.  Reac­tions from the aug­mented real­ity com­mu­nity are pos­i­tive so far; Claire Boon­stra of Layar, and no less than the inim­itable Tish Shute of Ugo­Trade, have all been kind enough to rec­om­mend it.  Thanks to them and to every­one who’s tweeted and posted this one.

As we explore the role aug­mented real­ity will play in our gigan­tic exper­i­ment with every­ware, we should keep in mind that the map is not the ter­ri­tory.  But there is no deny­ing an effec­tive map will surely help point the way as you try to find your way around a strange new coun­try.

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"Designing Post-humanity" Live at UXmatters (Blogged by Bruce Sterling)

May 25th, 2009 — 5:11am

What hap­pens when *every­thing* is des­ignable? When the bound­aries between human­ity, tech­nol­ogy, and the larger envi­ron­ment dis­ap­pear? Design­ing Post-humanity: Every­ware In the Far Future, the lat­est install­ment of my col­umn on user expe­ri­ence and ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing in UXmat­ters, takes a look at these ques­tions. Post-humans, ubi­comp, and sci­ence fic­tion may seem like strange ter­ri­tory for user expe­ri­ence pro­fes­sion­als, but by con­sid­er­ing these kinds of futures today, we make many impor­tant deci­sions about who we will [all!] be tomorrow.

**Update: Bruce Ster­ling just posted about it in his Beyond the Beyond blog at Wired. Thanks for notic­ing, Bruce!

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New Ubicomp Podcast & Everyware Column

April 25th, 2009 — 12:53am

Two quick updates on things hap­pen­ing other places.

First, the lat­est install­ment of Every­ware: Design­ing the Ubiq­ui­tous Expe­ri­ence (my col­umn for UXmat­ters) was pub­lished back in March. It explores the world of Ver­nor Vinge’s story Syn­thetic Serendip­ity from the expe­ri­ence design per­spec­tive. Vinge is justly reknowned as an SF author, but what makes Syn­thetic Serendip­ity worth read­ing closely is the dense col­lec­tion of ideas it shares: aug­mented real­ity, wear­able com­put­ing sys­tems, a network-based co-creation econ­omy open to all par­tic­i­pa­tion by peo­ple of all ages, the games vs. real­ity inver­sion, gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences in adap­ta­tion to tech­no­log­i­cal change, etc.

Mostly, I like Syn­thetic Serendip­ity as an entry point into the ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing space because it presents a pic­ture of the future from the view­point of an ordi­nary kid, who has ordi­nary con­cerns; go to school, play video games, stay out of trou­ble with friends.

In the com­pan­ion piece in draft now, I look much fur­ther ahead, explor­ing sce­nar­ios that con­sider what hap­pens when the bound­aries sep­a­rat­ing humans from the envi­ron­ment blur and dis­solve, and human­ity itself becomes an object of design.

Sec­ond, and related, Jeff Parks just posted the pod­cast of a group dis­cus­sion on ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing that he orga­nized at the IA Sum­mit in Mem­phis. You’ll hear me along with Jeff, Steve Baty, Will Evans, Matthew Milan, John Tir­mandi, Joe Sokohl, Todd Zaki War­fel as we share exam­ples, ideas, and ques­tions about the inter­sec­tion of user expe­ri­ence and ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing. Thanks to Jeff for mak­ing this hap­pen — it was a fun ses­sion, and I hope you enjoy lis­ten­ing as much as we enjoyed record­ing it.

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Launching "Everyware" My New UXmatters Column

November 4th, 2008 — 5:31am

First Fic­tions and the Para­ble of the Palace is the inau­gural install­ment of “Every­ware: Design­ing the Ubiq­ui­tous Expe­ri­ence,” a col­umn explor­ing user expe­ri­ence and design in the era of ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing. ‘First Fic­tions’ con­sid­ers the pro­found design impli­ca­tions of foun­da­tional visions of ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing imag­ined by tech­nol­o­gists such as Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown, and finds prece­dent for these sorts of techno-social futures in the poetic para­bles of Jorge Louis Borges.
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“Every­ware” will be a jour­ney through the expand­ing wave­front of the ubiq­ui­tous expe­ri­ence as it impacts design, cov­er­ing top­ics rang­ing from ubiq­ui­tous com­put­ing to near-field com­mu­ni­ca­tion, per­va­sive com­put­ing, The Inter­net of Things, spimes, ubi­comp, loca­tive media, and ambi­ent infor­mat­ics.
I hope it’s as good to read as it has been to write. And keep the com­ments flowing!

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