Accessing located media through new forms of personal device: a public dialogue

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bristol
Department Name: Computer Science


This project builds on existing work at the University of Bristol in providing tools to simplify the process of authoring located media, i.e. to allow members of the public to locate sounds, images and the like in particular places, leaving them there for others to acquire. State of the art mobile and wearable computing is starting to move beyond basic located media towards embodied computing, robotics, mobile vision and visualisation. Through a series of workshops and community sessions, we hope to seed an initial pool of public expertise in existing located media systems to sufficiently ground public debate on these newer developments. Such a programme will parallel advances on existing broadcasting work in public engagement with history (e.g. `people's war'), and wildlife (e.g. 'spring watch') to encourage personal participation in, and contribution to, the personal and mobile robotics of the future. This approach builds on our engagement with target audiences as part of the Mobile Bristol programme and the Equator IRC, which together allow us to draw on technical work and equipment for this process, including supported software releases. We hope this will result in public input to the future research process as well as understanding of current results.


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Description This public engagement project uncovered new software and hardware design techniques to support the use of mobile devices and robots in public settings, especially schools and care homes.
Exploitation Route The findings have already been used in a variety of projects exploring human-robot interaction and haptic devices, including ways of reflecting on the relationship between the locations that are defined by sensors and the visible hardware position in the environment.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

Description The project findings were used to influence the consulation techniques used in the Department for Education's Building Schools for the Future programme.
First Year Of Impact 2008
Sector Education
Impact Types Policy & public services