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No cure for curiosity : linking physical and digital urban layers

Seeburger, Jan (2012) No cure for curiosity : linking physical and digital urban layers. In Pederson, Thomas, Malmborg, Lone, Jaccuci, Giulio, & Horbaek, Kasper (Eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, ACM Digital Library, IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, pp. 1-10.

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Abstract

Although mobile phones are often used in public urban places to interact with one’s geographically dispersed social circle, they can also facilitate interactions with people in the same public urban space. The PlaceTagz study investigates how physical artefacts in public urban places can be utilised and combined with mobile phone technologies to facilitate interactions. Printed on stickers, PlaceTagz are QR codes linking to a digital message board enabling collocated users to interact with each other over time resulting in a place-based digital memory. This exploratory project set out to investigate if and how PlaceTagz are used by urban dwellers in a real world deployment. We present findings from analysing content received through PlaceTagz and interview data from application users. QR codes, which do not contain any contextual information, piqued the curiosity of users wondering about the embedded link’s destination and provoked comments in regards to people, place and technology.

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ID Code: 51485
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Mobile Interaction, QR Codes, Mobile Phones, Public Places, Urban Informatics, Urban Experience
ISBN: 9781450314824
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Mobile Technologies (080502)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Ubiquitous Computing (080504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Research Centres > Smart Services CRC
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 2012 ACM
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Deposited On: 09 Jul 2012 11:42
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 15:36

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