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First Year Ph.D. Presentation Daniel Fitton Exploring the Design and Use of Messaging and Context Sharing with Situated Displays
Situated Public Display Appliances Deploying and developing in the long term. Exploring patterns of use Patterns that do (or do not) occur Integration with existing patterns of use Dependability Performing a few simple tasks well Continual use 24/7 User involvement during development
Current Work Two Case studies Hermes (messenger to the gods in Greek Mythology) Deployed outside offices in computing Department Provide messaging similar to traditional post-it notes SPAM (SMS Public Asynchronous Messaging) Assist care staff at different locations Provide additional channel of communication
Hermes Enhance current paper based system with digital equivalent. Typical Scenario: Working at home today (car troubles), will be checking e-mail.
Hermes Augments current paper based systems Contrasts with post-it notes/message ‘whilers’.. Private message left at public device Security – Harder to remove/change message Remote Interaction – SMS, Web portal, (MMS) Creation of message mirrors creation of paper post-it note Draw on touch sensitive screen with pen Similar yellow colour!
Initial Requirements Had to use LV equipment for installation in corridor. Comply with disabilities legislation. Easy to deploy Self contained, no extra PC (etc) required Wireless communication Security Dependability Development Phased development process Feedback from users – Participatory design
Current System Architecture Client-Server Design No information stored at Hermes Client Appliances. All information stored at the server. Updates and UI actions involve communication with server. Uses Java RMI for synchronous communication. Problems Speed of UI dependent on communication with server. 802.11b signal blocked by standing next to device. Low signal strength means slow/no service. What to do when communication fails?
Planned System Architecture Use tuple-space approach to store and distribute data Every node contains a tuple-space Any space can be updated Updates ‘percolate’ to all other spaces Implemented using replicated JavaSpaces with Jini. JavaSpace at every node Distributed storage & replication across all nodes Improve Dependability Hermes Appliances far less dependant on server Network and server failure has less impact on function
Patterns of Use Initially can only view messages through web portal or Hermes appliance Authentication process too time consuming. Users didn’t bother reading new messages Introduced e-mailing of messages to users Considering other methods Initially only a single public message Cost of changing message (then changing back) too high. Users didn’t bother updating messages Introduced Temporary and Default public messages Will allow user to remove and select a temporary message on appliance.