HCI Seminar SS12: Building Interaction Interfaces

We’re happy to announce that the registration for this term’s HCI Seminar “Building Interaction Interfaces” is now open. The topic for this term is the conception and prototyping of an innovative mobile application based on “open data“.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop a prototype application for a mobile platform (iOS, Android, Maemo) utilizing a user-centered design process. We provide a methodological framework and you can show your creativity in the practical implementation.

If you’re interested in participating, please visit the course website for further information about the topic, schedule and registration.

We would be happy to welcome you in our seminar.

DECO HCI Seminar SS 2011: Student projects

This semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate a location-aware mobile application that solves one of two given problems:

Education & Research: How can mobile applications enhance the experience and support people in the fields of education and research?

Green Living: How can mobile applications support and encourage people to reduce their negative environmental impact?

Seven teams of three students each completed the seminar, resulting in creative and useful mobile applications. The horizontal prototypes, used for the evaluation, were implemented with various tools, including App Inventor and Sencha Touch. However, most of the teams decided to develop native applications using the iOS and Android SDKs.

We proudly present the mobile application concepts of our seven participating student teams:

Freece – an app to support Freecycling between people
Questo! – a location-based social quiz game
Meet’n‘Eat – a cook pooling application
Time Travel – an app to go back in time and learn about the past
vRalley – an app for pupils, students and tourists to explore cities
VocAPPulary – a picture based vocabulary trainer
Tools4Rent – an app to rent tools that are not often used

Note that most screens contain static data used only for the evaluation of the prototypes. The applications are (also if stated otherwise) not available on any store at the moment.

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DECO HCI Seminar WS 2010/2011: Student projects

This semester’s design task of the Human Computer Interaction seminar at DECO was to create, prototype and evaluate a location-aware mobile application that uses open data.
Five teams of three students each completed the seminar, resulting in creative, useful and sometimes also provoking use of fictitious open data. As open data in Austria is in its infancy (for more information visit open3.at or gov.opendata.at), teams had difficulties finding existing open (government) data sources. Some teams solved this problem by augmenting their application ideas with user-generated content as the main data source. The horizontal prototypes for the evaluation were implemented with various tools, including Titanium Mobile, Sencha Touch and also native development on iOS and Android platforms.

We proudly present the mobile application concepts of our five participating student teams. Note that most screens contain static data used only for the evaluation of the prototypes. The applications are (also if stated otherwise) not available on any store at the moment.

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Bill Buxton: The Mad Dash Toward Touch Technology

A must-read article written by Bill Buxton for everyone who is interested in touch technology describes that touch is not the reason why products become successful. So keep in mind, that “God is in the details” and “Everything –  including touch – is best for something and worst for something else”.

So while executives and marketers all seem to be saying, “It has to have touch,” I am more inclined to say that anyone who describes a product as having a “touch interface” is likely unqualified to comment on the topic.

via The Mad Dash Toward Touch Technology – BusinessWeek.

Layar: Augmented Reality Browser

Another augmented reality browser for mobile phones has entered the Android Market. Layar uses the built-in GPS and digital compass to detect your position and orientation and overlays the camera view with information from your neighborhood. In contrast to Wikitude, which uses general information from Google, Layar is currently only available in the Netherlands, showing information from specific content partners. A great feature is the little radar view, which visualizes found places around you.

Further plans include a roll-out in Germany, the UK and the United States this year and availability for other mobile phones with GPS and compass such as the iPhone 3GS.

New topics for practical courses

Two new topics for practical courses (Praktikumsthemen) have been added to our site:

If you are interested in one of the topics, please contact us per mail. Don’t forget to describe your field of study, what type of practical course you need and why you are interested in the chosen topic.