The project aims to research and develop a new perspective on ambient computing denoted palpable computing. Palpable denotes that systems are capable of being noticed and mentally apprehended. Palpable systems support people in understanding what is going on at the level they choose. Palpable systems support control and choice by people. Often the default mode is to suggest courses of action rather than acting automatically.
Palpable computing will go beyond state-of-the-art and complement the vision of ambient computing: ambient computing - complemented with - palpable computing; invisibility - visibility; scalability - understandability; construction - de-construction; heterogeneity - coherence; change - stability; sense-making and negotiation - user control and deference. Thus palpable computing complements the unobtrusive effectiveness of ambient computing with a focus on making the means of empowering people intelligible.
The two main objectives are to design:
- an open architecture for palpable computing
- a conceptual framework to understand palpable technologies and their use
Secondary objectives include:
- design and implementation of a toolbox for the construction of palpable applications
- development of a range of prototypes of palpable applications
- gaining a firm understanding of a range of practices into which palpable technologies may be introduced
The project will apply a participatory design process, where technical possibilities and scientific analysis are balanced with usefulness and the development is given direction through user needs. As an important element in this process the project entails continuous involvement of a number of user sites. The PalCom consortium consists of a number of universities and companies, including SME, with top-level competencies in the areas of ambient computing, software architecture, embedded systems, user interfaces, participatory design and management of RandD projects.
Funding SchemeIP - Integrated Project
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