Finalist, OzCHI 24hr Design Challenge: State of Mind.

The OzCHI student challenge is a 24-hour event that preceded the OzCHI 2012 conference. During the challenge teams from around the world have 24 hours to come up with a solution to a design problem taken from state-of-the-art human-computer interaction research. The four top entries receive a $1,000 Google travel scholarship each to present their work at the conference.

The Design Brief

Design a system that takes advantage of cloud computing, mobile devices, and fast mobile networks to enhance the way people interact with each other collaboratively. Focus on enhancing the way people collaborate in everyday environments: these may be work-related projects or more playful activities. The system should take advantage of a range of platforms, including desktop computers, tablet computers, and smartphones, that are already available or envisioned to become available in the next two to three years. 

We are in particular interested in seeing ways of exploring mobile access to the system in situations beyond the traditional workplace. Think beyond the use of technology as a pure digital interface and consider the relationships between digital devices and the physical environment.

Our Process

Process journal for the 24 hour challenge can be viewed at this link.

Our Solution

Everyday we find ourselves in situations which influence the way we utilise technology for entertainment or productivity. Contexts like location, time of day, and collaborators, can be used as qualifiers to identify and enhance different kinds of tasks. 

However, current technology fails to enhance our lifestyle with this knowledge, and as a result, we are forced to organise our technology-driven spaces manually, causing unnecessary cognitive strain. 

State of Mind addresses this by intelligently loading relevant applications, preferences, documents, and media automatically when entering a contextually defined space. As users naturally move from situation to situation, their virtual states adapt dynamically, allowing for an immediate jump into relevant tasks. State of Mind intelligently recedes technology into the background, offering pinpointed focus that requires no set-up and inherently enhances collaboration.

Publication

Carter, M., Mitchell, MC., Weng, H., Yang, E., Younis, A. (2012)
State of Mind.

The OzCHI student challenge is a 24-hour event that preceded the OzCHI 2012 conference. During the challenge teams from around the world have 24 hours to come up with a solution to a design problem taken from state-of-the-art human-computer interaction research. The four top entries receive a A$1,000 Google travel scholarship each to present their work at the conference.