‘CitiTag’ at the Second International Conference on Appliance Design (2AD)

Last week’s conference on Appliance Design took place in Bristol, between 11-13 May, at the HP Labs site. Following from 1AD last year, this conference series aims to create a dialogue between disciplines, as stated on the conference website – including product and industrial design, information design, interaction design, technology innovation and research in human-centered studies – which will help traditional disciplines re-establish themselves in a new context.

CitiTag, the wireless location based game developed by KMi’s Centre for New Media in collaboration with the Mobile Bristol team at HP Labs Bristol was presented as part of the Appliance Bazaar at 2AD, a whole day of demonstrations, design exercises and events. The designs and prototypes presented at the Appliance Bazaar were very diverse: usability evaluation prototypes for physical interactive products, end-user editing tools for ubiquitous computing as well as projects crossing the boundaries of art and technology.

Many conference delegates attended the demonstration of CitiTag; an opportunity to get a hands-on feel of the interface and the basic actions that can be performed through the game. They also enjoyed a short video from the first pilot trial of CitiTag created by Bas Raijmakers from the Royal College of Art. The video, showing highlights of the trial, was particularly amusing and conference attendees wanted to find out about future trials. Their feedback was positive and several people expressed their will to participate in the Bristol trial, planned for 16th June in St Augustine’s Parade, in Bristol Centre. This presentation also provided the opportunity to collect some feedback on specific aspects of CitiTag, such as the design and usability and the actual everyday situations in which people would play CitiTag.

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