Wearable technology workshop

My first circuit

The last two days I took part in a workshop on “wearable technology” which was held during the Ditact Summer University in Salzburg. The workshop was held by Stefanie Wuschitz who showed us in a playful manner how to build  several simple circuits with the Arduino Lilypad. Later we learned how to use different materials like fabric, conductive thread, recycled electronics, microcontrollers and various sensors to create simple “wearable” systems.

The workshop was really informative and set the basis for me to do low-level prototyping in this area. Finally, we even developed a cushion with an integrated pressure sensor, which produced a sound depending on the sensor range, and  a jacket where the buttons produced a sound when they were closed.

I am looking forward to reading “Making Things Talk” by Tom Igoe to deepen my knowledge and gain even more ideas how to use the Arduino microcontrollers. Moreover, I am planning to to attend future workshops on this topic at the MZ Baltazar’s Laboratory in  Vienna.

Making Things Talk

Master student graduated

Roland Buchner

I am happy to congratulate Roland Buchner to his master graduation. He completed his master thesis, which I co-supervised besides his first supervisor Prof. Manfred Tscheligi, entitled: Entwicklung eines Bibliothekenleitsystem – Prototypen bestehend aus einem Mobile Interface und Ambient Displays in einem benutzerzentrierten Entwicklungsprozes (english: Development of a library navigation system – prototypes consisting of a mobile interface and an ambient display in a user-centered design approach). If you are interested in his work you find a poster on his approach in the AmI2009 proceedings.

RO-MAN 2010 – 2nd paper accepted

Good news:

RO-MAN2010

Also the second paper I submitted to RO-MAN 2010 was finally accepted after an intensive revision. The paper is entitled “User Perception of Usability Aspects in Indirect HRI – A Chain of Translations” and was co-authored with colleagues from University of Salzburg (Judith Igelsböck, Roland Buchner, and Manfred Tscheligi) and colleagues from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Paolo Pierro and Carlos Balaguer). The article reports on the results of a user study conducted in the framework of the ROBOT@CWE project, that investigated the perceived usability of naive users conducting two navigation tasks with the HOAP-3 robot. The paper will be presented during the Special Session “Re-thinking interaction with robots” chaired by Prof. Marti and Prof. Dautenhahn. Special thanks go to my colleague Mag. Judith Igelsböck , who is now doing her PhD at the Department of Social Studies of Science at the University of Vienna,  for all the extra hours to improve the data reflection and discussion section of the paper with her profound knowledge on sociology of translation.