Relate Gateways: UbiComp Group: Lancaster University.

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RelateGateways: An Architecture to Enable Spontaneous Mobile Spatial Interactions With Pervasive Services.

The RelateGateways Project

Our everyday life is surrounded by pervasive services such as those offered by printers, public displays, multimedia systems, workstations, etc.

While on the run we should be able to use the mobile devices we carry along to interact with these services.

Yet, a number of studies have shown that it is rather complicated for users to identify available services in an unknown context and initiating an interaction often involves a complex configuration phase.

The RelateGateways architecture proposes a spatial user interface and a discovery framework that address these problems.

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Publications, Posters and Presentations

Below you will find a selection of the publications, posters and presentation related to the Relate Gateways project.

Extending Mobile Devices with Spatially Arranged Gateways to Pervasive ServiceDiscovery and interaction with services is as much a user interface problem as a networking problem. In this paper we introduce a system in which mobile devices are seamlessly extended with Gateways to services in their environment. The gateways are realized as widgets that are arranged around the edge of the mobile device's user interface to indicate the direction of discovered services, thus providing the user with an overview of interaction opportunities. The gateways also afford direct access to services integrate with the device's interface, for example supporting drag-and-drop of objects to a gateway and through the gateway to the corresponding service.

In 3rd International Workshop on Pervasive Mobile Interaction Devices (PERMID 2007) - Mobile Devices as Pervasive User Interfaces and Interaction Devices - Workshop at the Pervasive 2007 , Sunday May 13, 2007 Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

RelateGateways : A User Interface for Spontaneous Interaction with Pervasive Services RelateGateways is a user interface and system that supports end-user discovery of and interaction with services dynamically encountered in their immediate environment. The interface is designed for mobile devices and indicates available services through small widgets arranged at the periphery of the screen based on a compass metaphor. Mobile Spatial Interaction.

In Mobile Spatial Interaction in conjunction with ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, San Jose CA, USA, CHI 2007 - Reach Beyond

Using Sensor Networks to Enable Interactions With Pervasive Services
These abstract and poster provide an overview of the RelateGateways architecture. Its goal is to enable spontaneous discovery of and interaction with pervasive services, using ad-hoc sensornetworks. It is based on a 3-layered architecture called “end-to-end discovery”. This model addresses various steps when interacting with pervasive services - from the users’ visual discovery of service-providers (devices) to the actual invocation of services offered in the immediate environment.

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In SensorNet 2007: Exploring the future of sensor networks and their commercial applications, Lancaster University Conference Center, 30 May 2007, Lancaster UK

RelateGateways: Using Spatial Context to
Identify and Interact with Pervasive Services

Our everyday life is surrounded by pervasive services such as those offered by printers, public displays, multimedia systems, workstations, etc. While on the run we should be able to use the mobile devices we carry along to interact with these services. Yet, a number of studies have shown that it is rather complicated for users to identify available services in an unknown context. The RelateGateways project extends the mobile desktop with a new kind of widget: the gateways. These components are arranged around the edge of the screen, pointing towards the co-located services. Once identified, a service can be consumed in a consistent manner by dragging-and-dropping an object on the gateway, without the need for the user to install, configure or learn how to use yet another system for each service.

Demonstration at the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2007), Austria, September 2007.

Demonstration at the 2nd European Conference on Smart Sensing and Context (EuroSSC 2007), UK, October 2007.

 

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