HCI bits and pieces

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Brain Improvement Strategies

11 steps to a better brain / NewScientist

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Proposed DVD anti-piracy scheme that uses biometrics

Give Your DVD Player the Finger

This scheme would have people give a password or fingerprint at point of sale, which would be encoded into the DVD with an RFID (not using it's wireless capabilites) and then you would be required enter the pwd or fingerprint when playing it.

Point of Sale - can't buy DVDs as gifts? On the internet?
Does this mean your kids can't play a DVD you buy for them without them there?
Consumer rights - doesn't allow for fair use
Scary - I wouldn't by DVDs under this scheme
Cost - You have to buy a custom player

Advantages - Combats piracy by making it difficult to copy DVDs and traceable when
you do.

Don't worry too much - it looks like this is still in the research stages, I don't think it would be accepted by consumers, and I don't think it would even be successful at its goal - it would probably be broken pretty fast.

Shoe that keeps track of activity in children and translates it into TV watching time

At BBC News

Cool story about a student project by Gillian Swan at London's Brunel University, where a button in a shoe's insole sends steps to a base station which translates it into TV watching time.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Security and Privacy concerns with Social Network Systems

Google has just acquired Dodgeball, an app that lets users on cell phones find each other. People are talking about them possibly integrating this with other google tools such as google maps.

Privacy experts have mentioned possible security concerns regarding social network systems such as Orkut and Friendster, and have pointed out that the privacy guarantees given by these sites fall short of protecting address data and intellectual property expressed on these sites. Another concern is the potential for abuse of this information for job interviews, stalking and discrimination based on political or social affiliation.

A question I have is, what happens when this information is written down and archived as opposed to verbally spoken. When it becomes searchable, how will this affect the way we interact.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Distributed Display Environments

Results from DDE workshop at CHI

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

CHI 2006


September 23, 2005 Archival Submission Deadline
CHI Notes
October 14, 2005 Early Submission Deadline
Experience Reports
Artifact Presentations
Organizational Overviews
January 13, 2006 Late Submission Deadline
Doctoral Consortium
Student Design Competition

Thursday, February 10, 2005


Modern day interfaces have loads of interruptions and distractions, which disrupt the flow of work.

NY Times

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Bill Gates on the future of Media and home devices.

Interview with Bill Gates - BBC news

Bill Gates suggests people don't want to have lots and lots of personal devices that require elaborate setup. They do want richness of media. His solution is the media PC as the key device.