From iLab Cookbook

Demos: Location-Dependant Information Appliances for the Home


Ethnographic studies of the home revealed the fundamental roles that physical locations and context play in how household members understand and manage conventional information. Yet we also know that digital information is becoming increasing important to households. The problem is that this digital information is almost always tied to traditional computer displays, which inhibits its incorporation into household routines. Our solution, called location-dependant information appliances, exploits both home location and context (as articulated in ethnographic studies) to enhance the role of ambient displays in the home setting; these displays provide home occupants with both background awareness of an information source and foreground methods to gain further details if desired. The novel aspect is that home occupants assign particular information to locations within a home in a way that makes sense to them. As a device is moved to a particular location, that information is automatically mapped to that device along with hints on how it should be displayed.

Contents



Download and Installation

Requirements / How it works


There are 3 main components to the system, the server (DeviceAwareSystem.exe), the client(DeviceDisplayData.exe) and the programs that provide the data to be displayed (Weatherupdater.exe, FlickrStream.exe, ToDoList.exe, ReminderInterface.exe ). The server requires a working SQL server. Setting up a sever is described here and here. As well, the system relies on phidgets, so ensure that you have installed the Shared Phidget installed. You will need to run a Shared Phidget Server and Connector locally for the system to function.

For simplicity in demoing this application, we have set all components to be run locally, on the same machine.

Tutorial

Unfortunately, as this was a proof-of-concept system, it is not overly user friendly. Still, here are instructions to get the system running.
First Time Program is Run:
After extracting the system, follow these steps:



The server is now ready.

Every Time the System is Run:

* Start the Shared Phidget Server and Connector


The devices and display data can be changed on the fly.

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Links

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