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Reviews of Report from Advanced Visual Interface Conference:


  • Julie Dawn Pravitz

    Although the concept presented is not a ground breaking one, it gets one thinking about the limit to where convenience turns into inconvenience. Relying too much on various computer automated devices can have its downfalls. Viruses, programming gliches, unique situations, and other unknown factors could arise and cause a great inconvenience. Something created to promote efficiency could actually cause time-consuming inconveniences. Maybe I feel this way because I personally question the degree at which we are replacing human interaction and moments of creativity with remote, mechanical devices.

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  • Ann Marie Sager

    I think Ethan hit it on the head. The Phillips family of innovations just exacerbates our laziness. None of these products were revolutionary in their design or concept and just make me irritated in realizing that Phillips is just "bundling" these products with no great end result...more later...

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  • Eithon Michael Cadag

    This talk was pretty similar to the one done by Babek about a house with distributed computing, but on a huge scale. Like the distributed home computing talk, I mirror very similar sentiments - when the level of user interaction is heavy like in a house with pervasive computing, validation and proof of the effectiveness of the system is very important.

    The house presented, nevertheless, was really quite interesting. I thought the mirror/information screen was a keen idea, and I could definitely see more uses of this. Possible video-talk screen? Touch interaction?

    A lot of the services, though, seemed like a novelty. Like the tooth-brush helper for kids to teach them to brush - seemed pretty ostentatious. As a purely research endeavour, though, it would be interesting to see how users interact with an animated character.

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  • Ethan Hilleary Whitesell

    Iíve believe that many products that are developed are done so not to fulfill a need, but to create one. I believe that many companies create the market for their products instead of creating products for the market. This was clearly represented in the last lecture that Ellen gave on the Homelab and ambient intelligence by Philips Design Research. I felt that instead of researching for a need that customer want satisfied, they were researching ways to create a new market, a new environment where people will then need to buy new technology to satisfy that new environment. Society does not need to be digitized. Communication does not need to be wireless or be accompanied by high definition video. Homelab is creating a new market to sell new products that Philips will provide. I also feel that technology will eventually take the place of human interaction. Ellen spoke of the Homelab having video screens in every room so people can share things without getting up. It sounds like Philips is catering to an overwhelming characteristic of American society, laziness.

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  • Rosanne Weiling Chien

    Times are changing, and technology is definitely impacting our lives today. It seems that everywhere we are, there are new advances and gadgets, and in order to be up-to-date in today's world, you just have to go out and get it. And of course, it seems that everyone has to get the lastest of everything the moment it becomes available. But with these new gadgets that claim to simplify our lives and make everything easier, it gets hard to distinguish if this is really the case. You have to get the upgrades, learn how to use the upgrades, and even before that, you have to learn how to use the new technology, perhaps entailing that you would have to learn "its" language inorder to "communicate" with it and use it. Is this really simplifying our lives? I know when I have problems with my computer, it really bothers me to the point that I am against downloading anything onto my computer for fear of getting virus or potentially messing it up one way or another (besides any other moral reasons). At the same time, this extra and new technology is making people more lazy. Why get up and go out to communicate with another person face to face when we can have digital communication? Why get up to do something (expend extra physical energy) when we can do it with technology at the ends of our fingertips? And we wonder why Americans, having great technology, relatively speaking, are considered obese? Don't get me wrong, I think technology and advancements in technology are great, but only to a certain extent. Once it gets in the way of our lives (having to learn how to use it in the way that we have to go out of our way to adapt to it), or makes us a "worse" person (lazier to the point that we are considered "sick"), is when I think we might have gone far enough.

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  • Diana P Ayala

    After seeing the presentation of Visual interface about what our environment maybe in our home for the future. It seem a little interesting becuase of a window that suddenly turns into your tv screen or a DVD having control of when to leave your lights on or off. it doesn't seem very interseting, it doesn't make me go WOW, i want that. It seem that we can't do things for ourself that we don't have control over certain things for example, DVD player, or video in the bathroom.

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