Mobile Interaction in Smart Environments

Karin Leichtenstern, Enrico Rukzio, Vic Callaghan and Albrecht Schmidt

erschienen 2006 "Poster&Demos of the 4th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2006)"


This ‘work in progress’ paper presents a framework, a analysis and a design of a set of mobile phone based prototypes. These prototypes have been used to evaluate mobile interaction in smart environments. Other work has shown that mobile phones can act as a universal remote control for the interaction with smart objects but, there has been no research which has analyzed when a given mobile interaction technique should be used. In this research we analyze the appropriateness of three interaction techniques as selection techniques in smart environments, namely Scanning, Pointing and Touching. Our main goal is to understand in which context of use each of these techniques is useful. In support of this aim we have developed a prototype to test Scanning, Pointing and Touching interaction techniques within different scenarios of use. The development process was divided in an analysis, a design and an implementation phase: during all these phases the end user has been involved by questionnaires, interviews, prototyping, and user tests. The results of the finished analysis and design phases are described in this work together with the progress of the implementation phase.