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MAYPOLE: an environment for real-time community interactions

A project on access to communications has recently been launched within the EU's specific RTD programme in the field of Information Technologies (ESPRIT). The project, MAYPOLE, focuses on improved communication between parents and children, in relation to their activities. It ...
A project on access to communications has recently been launched within the EU's specific RTD programme in the field of Information Technologies (ESPRIT). The project, MAYPOLE, focuses on improved communication between parents and children, in relation to their activities. It will develop innovative user interfaces by means of design scenarios, created by the parents and children themselves, working with designers, social researchers and technologists.

The main objectives of the project include:

- To learn more about information flows within a community, and identify potential communications applications;
- To explore ways in which new communication tools may facilitate real-time interactions among groups of people;
- To design and develop concepts for intuitive user interfaces that are embedded into everyday physical objects;
- To specify the technology infrastructure required to realise such environments.

The project will be piloted in two communities in Austria and Finland where informal communication patterns will be investigated. Based on this research, innovative user interface concepts will be developed which will aim to enhance communication between the groups involved.

Source: Netherlands Design Institute

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