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eLens Report

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eLens Report

  2. 2. A project of the MIT mobile experience lab at MIT Design Laboratory.
  3. 3. blog, wiki-platform, charrette, multidisciplinarity, techno- logy resources, prototype fab- rication shops, network, user experience, affiliated research groups, academic guidance, international activities, ethno- graphies, mobile devices
  4. 4. How can governments and civic institutions become more responsive and offer better services to urban citizens and visitors through use of mobile, wireless, location aware techonologies?
  5. 5. research focus Mobile devices can function as an interests and social empathy, and „electronic lens“, eLens; citizens share information, opinions, experien- use it to investigate and explore the ces, passions. eLens interaction urban environment. Imagine you enriches the physical environment; simply point your mobile phone at a formal and institutional information building or landmark in order to are combined with informal com- access historical and cultural infor- munication and personal annotations. mation. eLens users can post Local communities post their messages in physical locations, tag experiences in the physical environ- buildings and places, create ments and create affinity based social social networks based on common networks. The city as “Wikicity”.
  6. 6. MIT Design Lab MIT mobile experience lab Concept, design, implem
  7. 7. A first workshop helped to layout In collaboration with the Government a concept and develop parts of the of Catalunia, the Manresa city technologies that were used. government and the kind support of the Lacetania school in Manresa, A second workshop with a dedicated the electronic Lens project has been core team led to the development designed and implemented for a and the prototype implementation. test in May 2006. entation, testing
  8. 8. Lowtech stickers function as visual tags. Each sticker is unique and geographically situated. With your camera phone and the eLens software, you can recognize each specific tag by „scanning“ it, and you may leave or retrieve information – for example voice messages, photos, music or movies. The information is stored in a databa- se and can be accessed by another user when scanning this specific tag. Databases can be connected to governmental databases for example or authors can feed the databases to address specific user groups, such as tourists, doctors, joggers, teachers, friends, family, ….
  9. 9. “Take a wireless device with a bit of location- and direction awareness and use it to unlock the secrets of the city.“ On-the-spot contextual information about attractions and resources of a city.
  10. 10. Concept 1 Design MIT workshop fall 2005 In a first design workshop we deve- loped ideas and a concepts how to design an electronic lens. It should provide pedestrians with immediate, on-the-spot, geogra- phically and temporarily contextuali- zed information about the attractions and resources that a city offers. A trip to Barcelona with the group allowed to do a workshop with the Government of Catalonia, ethno- graphies as well as on site research about culture, citizens needs and opportunities.
  11. 11. Prototype 2 Test MIT workshop spring 2006 With a small core group of collabora- ting students from different back- grounds in disciplines such as media arts and sciences, software engine- ering, cognitive science, computer science, information design, architec- ture and urban planning, the eLens was developed as a prototype. During a one-week workshop in Manresa, the tool was tested with a group of Spanish high-school students that explored their city while using eLens for personal networking as well as an alternative way of learning.
  12. 12. Field trial in Manresa, Spain, spring 2006.
  13. 13. The Electronic Lens project was deployed and tested in Manrasa, Spain in spring 2006. The primary goal was to redesign the three tourist routes in Manresa. The secondary goal was to test explore contextuali- Students redesigned the tourist routes with zed learning with mobile devices. A group of students were given an subjective content, posting personal eLens each for five days. thoughts, music, and participating in different The idea for eLens was to act as tool social networks. for learning through location based discussion. In small groups the Users added experiential and informal content students placed tags on historical buildings of different époques by to the existing formal information provided following three architectural routes: by institutions. Baroque, Medieval and Modernist. The first task was to tag buildings creating a new map of the city. The second task to leave formal mes- sages about history, architecture and the city.
  14. 14. Place a tag, scan it, name it, leave a message and add categories. Define your social groups, share information, participate in asyn- chronous location based discussion forums and learn about places and people. Experience location based networking, in-situ learning and new forms of communication, and explore the city and its activities.
  15. 15. Add and retrieve content. Voice messages, images, text, songs or movies.
  16. 16. “… elens can be a great forum that can stay at one place for years and leave a great history… It is also great as a tool to use for collaborative learning – the tag could basically incorporate the content of a whole book.“ Marc, Lacetania School, Manresa, Spain “… elens would be great when travelling. You can get information the spot wherever you are. Also, you can get insider infor- mation with eLens and get to know the opinion of other people.“ Tania, Lacetania School, Manresa, Spain
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  18. 18. Credits Class instructors Thanks to our partners William J. Mitchell Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain Federico Casalegno Cisco Motorola Telefonica Technical development team Contact Aaron Zinman, Enrico Constanza, Jie-Eun Hwang, Jae-woo Chung, Jonathan Gips, Miguel Menchu, Mirja Leinss, Sajid Sadi, Tad Hirsch Federico Casalegno MIT Design Laboratory MIT mobile experience lab Semester I participants 238 Main Street, E48-319 02142 Cambridge, MA, USA Allison Novak, Anne Dodge, Ommed Sathe, email Raoul David Poblano, Stephanie Groll, Vanessa Bertozzi, Wooyoung Kimm
  19. 19. The MIT mobile experience lab takes a multidiscipli- nary approach at understanding people’s experience using wireless communication technologies, while exploring how mobile media impact societies, commu- nities and spaces.