In domestic environments we organise our surroundings so that we are comfortably living and working within them. Accordingly, we arrange the spaces we inhabit, collect and personalise artefacts. Throughout these activities, people exploit everyday objects in multiple ways. These objects support our need to create, maintain and experience our own mental, physical and digital ecologies and therefore constitute what we call intimate media. Ultimately, these intimate media are central to how we make sense of our world and our actions in it by representing roots, heritage, a sense of belonging, achievement and connection. Instead of intimate media disappearing into the computer, this project focuses on how the computer may disappear into everyday artefacts thus creating new ways of accessing, editing, collecting, storing and sharing.
Understanding the experience of media intimacy in the domestic environment: Mime will exploit a series of ethnographic studies to understand people's needs, behaviours and rituals with regards to existing and future intimate media within domestic environments. The design of a coherent experience is based on the notion of media intimacy.
The objective is to design and develop interactions, interfaces and artefacts that will enable people to access, edit, collect, store and share intimate media within the polycentric home. Informing and inspiring technologies emerge through concept demonstrators. The project will seek to inform and inspire other Disappearing Computer projects through a series of workshops, design scenarios and associated concepts demonstrators.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
MIME contributed to the objectives of the Disappearing Computer (DC) initiative in three ways:
1. First, regarding the migration of computing power into the fabric of our everyday domestic environment we must find new methodologies that deal with the cultural, the subjective, the emotional and the social aspects of intimate media experience. The major goal is to understand people's needs, and behaviours regarding the creation, sharing, exchanging and manipulation of media content and the access and storage of these personal collections of media across different locations in the home. Relevant ethnographic research is available to this project as 'background' knowledge. The combination of design and ethnographic studies resulted in a number of new methodologically oriented results. These include: New Domestic Technology Development Techniques and New Understandings of the nature of the home techniques to support the assessment of future digital technologies and media when placed within domestic environments;
2. Second, to create interfaces and artefacts to support people in the creation, use, sharing and manipulation of intimate media in intuitive, social and aesthetic ways are an essential part of the work carried out in the MIME project. Design of concepts for new applications and relevant user interactions have explored how personal experiences and multi-sensory perceptions, adaptivity and emotional expressions can enhance trust. These concepts included an elaboration of Empty Tools, Core components of intimate media and Domestic digital microclimates;
3. Third, the MIME project aimed to inspire technology demonstrators across the Disappearing Computer initiative through the development of a series of intimate media demonstrators. Two results emerged from this activity: Concept Demonstrators and Technology Inspiring Scenarios.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
NG7 2RD Nottingham
UB8 1HS Uxbridge ( Middlesex)