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PIDs trigger peoples playful side says University of Sydney

May 30, 2014
Architecture and Design, infolink, News

"A recent study by researchers from the University of Sydney revealed the rather playful behaviour of people when operating public interactive displays (PIDs)."

"The researchers carefully studied the videos of the people who spent the longest time at the PID. Almost 75 per cent of the sample group demonstrated some sort of playful behaviour when operating the purposed-built interactive display."

Read more: http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/news/public-interactive-displays-trigger-playful-behavi.

Almost 75 per cent of the sample group demonstrated some sort of playful behaviour

Public interactive displays trigger playful behaviour says University of Sydney

May 30, 2014, By University of Sydney
Infolink, Australia's Architecture, Building, Construction and Design Directory, News

"Built and designed by the University’s School of Information Technologies and the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the PID was located in the courtyard between the IT building and the Seymour Theatre. The study was conducted over a ten-day period, during which the system gathered data from over 1000 passers-by."

Read more: http://www.infolink.com.au/articles/news/public-interactive-displays-trigger-playful-behaviour-says-university-of-sydney-n2506637.

Playful behaviour surprises researchers

Playful responses to public interactive displays surprise researchers

May 29, 2014, by Mandy Campbell

"The research team set out to learn how to design these displays for usability. When we began analysing the video recordings we were surprised at the very playful behaviour we saw. Even though they were in a very public space, some people spent time playing, dancing, shuffling and gesturing. So we carefully studied the videos of the people who spent the longest time," said Professor Kay.

Read more: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=2&newsstoryid=13536.

Playful behaviour surprises researchers

Playful behaviour surprises researchers

May 28, 2014
The University of Sydney, News

"Designers of large public interactive displays (PIDs) should expect playful responses to these displays. This was the unexpected finding from a study by an inter-disciplinary group of designers and computer scientists at the University of Sydney."

"Public interactive displays have become widespread in urban spaces and are increasingly used in areas such as marketing, computing, engineering, and entertainment says Professor of Computer Science Judy Kay, who led the team that will present the study 's findings at the international Pervasive Displays Conference in Copenhagen this week."

Read more: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newscategoryid=2&newsstoryid=13536.

Smart Services CRC launch Cruiser Interactive company with connected surfaces software

Smart Services CRC launch Cruiser Interactive company with connected surfaces software

March 11, 2014
Image Magazine News

“Cruiser provides users with the ability to engage customers in new ways, transforming the way they do business, and giving them the ability to collaborate digitally with teams.” Dr Anthony Collins.

Read more: http://www.imagemagazine.com.au/Image%20Magazine%20News/News-2014/515-Online-News-14-March-2014(2)/Smart-Services-CRC-launch-Cruiser-Interactive-company-with-connected-surfaces-software-.aspx.

Connected Surfaces in Joyville - SmartServices CRC

Connected Surfaces in Joyville

February 28, 2013
Anthony Collins
SmartServices CRC

The TableTop connected surface software was showcased by Kraft Foods as part of the opening of their high technology confectionery Centre of Excellence facility in Ringwood in February 2013.

The new Kraft Centre of Excellence will utilise the latest available technologies from the Smart Services CRC as a way of staying ahead of the global competition through innovation. They will be using TableTop as part of their product development research into what consumers want replacing their old paper-based methods. See Kraft Foods explain how they are going to use TableTop technology here.

See the Kraft Food Centre launch with a Fleeting glance of TableTop connected surface software in use on Channel 9 news. See more about on TableTop features here.

Eye-catching ... the MediaWall is a new interactive style of display advertising. SMH Article, Nov 19 2012

All signs point to interactive advertising

November 19, 2012
Matt Smith
Sydney Morning Herald Biztech Article

"We've conducted a few user studies where we've observed pedestrians and the system. People have stopped and interacted immediately," Mr Collins says. "The skeleton avatar enables immediate interaction as well an anonymity, so the unobtrusive method is a real drawcard."


Anthony Collins (right) says there's a big 'wow factor' behind table-computing. SMH Article, OCt 30 2012

Office has-beens replaced by wow factor

October 30, 2012
Matt Smith
Sydney Morning Herald Biztech Article

"There's a big wow factor behind the technology, and people are notably engaged," -- Dr Anthony Collins.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/biztech/office-hasbeens-replaced-by-wow-factor-20121024-284xu.html#ixzz2CSja503D

A teacher, a classroom and four interactive tabletops

August 29, 2012
Roberto Martinez
A teacher, a classroom and four interactive tabletops. Magazine Article: Technology in Education, Term 3 2012, p39 Technology in Education, Term 3 2012, p39

"What will the classroom of the future look like? What will happen with teachers? What will be the role of technology? Some researchers of the Computer-Human Adapted Interaction (CHAI) group, at The University of Sydney, believe that the proliferation of new technologies, the central role of teachers and a strong base on theory will be key factors to enhance the classroom activities in the near future."

This is the introductory paragraph of a one-page article about our research on Classroom Orchestration and Design that just appeared at the magazine Technology in Education, term 3, 2012 (pp. 39). http://www.ozteacher.com.au.

Free digital edition of the magazine available for the iPad/iPhone and for Android.

The classroom, but not as we know it: technology to revolutionise schools

July 16, 2012
Kim Arlington
Collaborative learning with an interactive table. Photo: Ben Rushton Monday Jul 16, 2012,
Sydney Morning Herald,
Digital Life News Article

Article about:
International Conference of the Learning Sciences:
The Future of learning

held on Sydney, 2 - 6 July, 2012.

Roberto Martinez (left) Richard Gluga (right)
CHAI tabletop (foreground)
School of IT Common Room (background)
Venue for July 2 Workshop (held July 2):
DECL Digital Ecosystems for Collaborative Learning
lead Roberto Martinez
huge support Andrew Clayphan, Chris Ackad

`It's the kind of futuristic technology familiar from sci-fi films, but touch screen tables, robot study buddies and 3D virtual learning environments could soon feature in the classroom. ...

The high-tech developments were highlighted at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences at the University of Sydney, which focused on the future of learning. The new approaches could be ''revolutionising our classes and the way children learn within five years'', Professor of Education at the university and conference co-chair, Peter Reimann, said.

Judy Kay, Professor of Computer Science at the university and a principal in the Computer Human Adapted Interaction team, has been developing software for interactive tabletops and wall displays.

She described the touch screen technology as ''more egalitarian'' than interactive whiteboards, encouraging collaborative learning as users solve problems together. Ultimately she sees the tabletops becoming part of students' ''personal digital ecosystems'', complementing smartphones, tablets and laptops in the classroom.

Work done by PhD candidate Roberto Martinez, who demonstrated the tabletops at this month's conference, allows teachers to see at a glance what individual students have contributed to group projects.

''The tabletop is very exciting from that point of view because we can tell who does what and when,'' Professor Kay said. ''One of the things we've been pursuing is making it much easier for teachers to easily look back to see in detail what happened in their classrooms.'' ... '

Students develop rival to Microsoft's Surface

in The Australian, March 02, 2010
Mahesh Sharma

LOCAL university students have developed a tabletop computing device at a fraction of the cost of the $20,000 Microsoft Surface

"A team at Sydney University wrote the Focus application, ... Sydney University PhD student Anthony Collins developed the application over the past couple of years for his thesis, in conjunction with PhD student Trent Apted and computer human-adapted interaction head Professor Judy Kay. ... Mr Collins said the focus was to build useful software to access the hardware. ... "We've made it hardware-independent. We're focusing on making useful software so people can actually buy these tables to do stuff with them." The software allows groups to use a surface computer to access and share files and information stored on a computer. These can be moved across to other computing devices. "We can definitely see something like this in the boardroom of the future, where people need to call on documents to show them to others," he said. "It's very general, it could be magazine editors pulling up stories to figure out what they're going to include in the magazines. "People work in groups at school and this will enable them to work at the same table." ...

Article related to Focus and Cruiser.

Keep-in-touch early interface

New hurdles for foreign affairs

in Sydney Morning Herald, Digital Living, Life, in Spectrum pp 22-23, October 13-14, 2007
Erin O'Dwyer

Article related to Keeping in touch

All hands on the table for cyber communication

in Sydney Morning Herald, October 4, 2007
Conrad Walters

Article about Cruiser tabletop interaction

Everyday Living: the Impact of IT

Ambient Assisted Living, Professor Dieter Rombach, as part of Sydney Ideas Series and GerMANY innovations, 10-12 September,

CHAI was involved in several elements of this programme, with Carolin Plate giving a presentation as a DAAD Scholar, AProf Kay as expert commentator for Prof Rombach's keynote and several research posters displayed.

mobile phone and weeping bride image

Sory sweetz, i divorce u

in Digital Living, December 6, 2006
Elicia Murray

Interview with Bob Kummerfeld.

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Google in need of the feminine touch

in Sydney Morning Herald, April 18, 2006

Interview with Judy Kay about women in IT.

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Put it in the family blog

in Icon, Sydney Morning Herald, June 17, 2006

Article featuring the Keep in Touch appliance.

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2026: A vision for the Nation's Future, The Vanishing Computer

In The Australian, Part 3: IT and Communications, 2006, Pages 12-13
Ian Cuthbertson and Roland Tellzen