Influencing the experience of people in urban public places through mobile mediated interactions

Seeburger, Jan (2012) Influencing the experience of people in urban public places through mobile mediated interactions. PhD by Publication, Queensland University of Technology.


This study presents research findings to informthe design and development of innovativemobile services aiming to enable collocated people to interact with each other in public urban places.

The main goal of this research is to provide applications and deliver guidelines to positively influence the user experience of different public urban places during everyday urban life. This study describes the design and evaluation of mobile content and services enabling mobile mediated interactions in an anonymous way.

The research described in this thesis is threefold. First, this study investigates how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can be utilised in particular urban public places to influence the experience of urban dwellers during everyday life. The research into urban residents and public places guides the design of three different technologies that form case studies to investigate and discover possibilities to digitally augment the public urban space and make the invisible data of our interactions in the urban environment visible.

• Capital Music enables urban dwellers to listen to their music on their mobile devices as usual but also visualises the artworks of songs currently being played and listened to by other users in ones’ vicinity.

• PlaceTagz uses QR codes printed on stickers that link to a digital message board enabling collocated users to interact with each other over time resulting in a place-based digital memory.

• Sapporo World Window, Brisbane Hot Spots, and YourScreen are interactive content applications allowing people to share data with their mobile phones on public urban screens. The applications employ mobile phones to mediate interactions in form of location and video sharing.

Second, this study sets out to explore the quality and nature of the experiences created through the developed and deployed case study applications. The development of a user experience framework for evaluating mobile mediated interactions in urban public places is described and applied within each case.

Third, drawing on research from urban sociology, psychology, urban design, and the findings from this study, this thesis discusses how such interactions can have an impact on the urban experience.

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ID Code: 60293
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD by Publication)
Supervisor: Foth, Marcus & Tjondronegoro, Dian W.
Keywords: context sharing, digital augmentations, human computer interaction, mobile interaction, mobile mediated interactions, mobile phones, music, public displays, public places, ubiquitous computing, urban experience, urban informatics, urban screens, user experience, QR codes
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 28 May 2013 01:50
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 01:00

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