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Abstract

In this article, we propose the concept of meta-User Interface (meta-UI) as the set of functions (along with their user interfaces) that are necessary and sufficient to control and evaluate the state of interactive ambient spaces. This set is meta-, since it serves as an umbrella beyond the domain-dependent services that support human activities in an ambient interactive space. They are User Interface-oriented since their role is to help users to control and evaluate the state of this space. We present a dimension space to classify, compare, and contrast disparate research efforts in the area of meta-UI’s. We then exploit the generative power of our design space to suggest directions for future research.

Keywords

Ubiquitous computing ambient interactive spaces design space taxonomy meta-UI GUI desktop 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joëlle Coutaz
    • 1
  1. 1.Université Joseph Fourier, LIG, 385 rue de la Bibliothèque, BP 53, 38041 Grenoble Cedex 9France

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