Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 1001–1014 | Cite as

PostBits: using contextual locations for embedding cloud information in the home

  • Juan Pablo
  • Piyum Fernando
  • Priyashri Sridhar
  • Anusha Withana
  • Suranga Nanayakkara
  • Jurgen Steimle
  • Pattie Maes
Original Article

Abstract

Placing information at specific locations in the home provides rich and intuitive ways for people to cope with information, as they leverage semantics of the locations within the home. However, there is no deeper investigation yet on how users would embed digital cloud-based information into various locations in their homes, partly because previous systems were not robust enough to be deployed in real settings for an extended period of time. To this end, we have developed PostBits, a system of display blocks that integrate cloud information with contextually rich physical space. PostBits were designed for long battery life, robust communication and simple interactions, to enable a field deployment. A field study was conducted with 6 families, each using the system in their home for 1 week. We have identified patterns and strategies of how users embed cloud information at contextual locations in the home, and reflect on future design opportunities.

Keywords

Pervasive displays Ubiquitous computing Smart home User interfaces 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan Pablo
    • 1
  • Piyum Fernando
    • 2
  • Priyashri Sridhar
    • 1
  • Anusha Withana
    • 1
  • Suranga Nanayakkara
    • 1
  • Jurgen Steimle
    • 3
  • Pattie Maes
    • 4
  1. 1.Engineering Product DevelopmentSingapore University of Technology and DesignSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  3. 3.Embodied Interaction Group, Department Of Computer ScienceSaarland UniversitySaarbrückenGermany
  4. 4.MIT Media LabMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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