The Fifth ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays took place from 20th to 22nd of June 2016 in Oulu, Finland. The event brought together researchers from various disciplines with a common interest on the opportunities and challenges raised by the emergence of pervasive display systems. Investigating how pervasive displays can be used to provide memory cues has been one of the research focuses for RECALL from the beginning. Hence, our team — just like the year before — had a significant presence with a full paper and 2 poster presentations.
At this year’s International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) we presented results from a RECALL study on lifelog camera positioning. MUM is a leading annual international conference, which provides a forum for presenting the latest research results on mobile and ubiquitous multimedia. The paper – spearheaded by Katrin Wolf – has been awarded with the best paper award.
Continue reading Effects of Camera Position and Media Type on Lifelogging Images (MUM Best Paper Award)
On August, 24th, at this year’s MobileHCI conference in Copenhagen, members of the RECALL team organized and hosted the workshop on “Mobile Cognition – Using Mobile Devices to Enhance Human Cognition”. We gathered 11 attendees and 7 accepted position papers involving topics like using lifelogging to foster behavior change in a mobile environment as well as cognitive challenges during navigation tasks, just to name a few.
In RECALL we aim to augment human memory in several ways; one of which being the strand of semantic memory. Therefore, we started looking into the design of knowledge acquisition points and – due to its prominence in learning and information consumption – reading.
With the advent of the information age and the creation of electronic reading devices – such as mobile phones, e-readers or tablets – our reading behavior has been changing and we are facing new challenges, one of which being information overload. We are bombarded with an abundance of text on a daily basis: news, emails, tweets, feeds, books, papers, articles, technical literature and pleasure readings. But our reading strategy has mainly remained the same. Continue reading Reading Studies: Increasing Reading Speed and Comprehension
In this post we want to discuss the application of a concept known as Déjà vu; making use of its effects we envision technologies that make new situations and encounters more familiar and less threatening.
Going to new places, interacting with new people and carrying out new tasks is part of everyday life. New situations create a sense of excitement but in many cases also anxiety based on a fear of the unknown.
In RECALL we started exploring the use of peripheral displays to automatically provide information about potential future experiences in order to allow people to learn incidentally and without conscious effort about new environments and people. The expectation is that having visual information provided, we can create a sense of déjà vu when people are in a new situation. We use the term déjà vu it a positive sense, following the definition of the Oxford dictionary: “feeling of having already experienced the present situation”. Continue reading Déjà vu – Technologies that make new Situations look Familiar
The Recall project team held their first quarterly meeting in Stuttgart. At this meeting the team focused on developing a series of scenarios that could be used to motivate Recall in subsequent papers and on creating a series of plans for research probes that can be trialled over the next six months. We hope to be able to report on these trials in the coming months.
Stuttgart students demonstrated a range of prototype Recall technologies during a visit by the Recall project team. These technologies are deigned to provide insights into technical approaches for memory storage and visualisation and prompted much discussion amongst the Recall team.