Ubiquitous Computing TDA471, 7.5 hec
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The main part of the course is dedicated to the design and implementation of a larger ubiquitous computing project. The purpose of the project is to practice interaction design by doing, as well as to experience the value of prototyping. The project will also bring together technical knowledge from the Physical Computing course with more design-oriented thinking of IT. The project should result in a working prototype ready for demonstration at the end of the course.
Projects should be about creating a computational thing or a computational environment with a clear relation to the ideas of ubiquitous computing. Preferablly, the projects should also involve the course theme locative media. Exceptions to this may be accepted.
When you are trying to invent your project try to look for settings that will help you come up with ideas, for instance:
All projects must be approved by the teachers before they are initiated.
Groups and Supervision
Projects should be carried out in groups of 3-5 students. The groups will be formed by the teachers at the beginning of the course. In the creation of groups, focus will be on a forming groups with a good mix of various skills. Throughout the project there will opportunities for supervision regarding both interaction design and technology.
Project Drafts and Project ProposalsTo ensure the quality of the projects, each group will have to present a number of proposals during the initial concept phase.
The process is outlined below.
Five Project SuggestionsAs a first step each group must hand in five project suggestions no later than 13.00 November 12 . These suggestions can be rather brief, but must contain a concept description, a description of the context of use, possible users and, last but not least, why this project is interesting.
The suggestions are submitted by sending an email to Olof Torgersson. You will then receive some feedback before the next step.
Three Project Proposals
On November 14 each group will present 3 project proposals to the rest of the class for feedback. Focus on the following issues:
Final Project Proposal
Based on the feedback from the presentation of the project proposals, each group selects and describes their final project proposal. The final project proposal must be submitted by sending an email to Olof Torgersson no later than November 18.
The following should be presented in your written project proposal:
Project GOWhen the final project proposal has been reviewed by the teachers, the project will be given the sign Project GO on November 19.
Each group has a budget of 1500 SEK. Expenses will be covered by handing in receipts. Each group should collect all their receipts, and hand them over to Olof Torgersson together with name, adress, and bank account of the person who shall collect money for expenses.
It is recommended that you check with Lalya Gaye or Daniel Leinerud before you buy any electronic components. We might already have them. It is also wise to check for other things as well.
GradingThe main criteria for grading the project will be:
Project ReportThe projects must be documented in a project report . The report consists of two parts: (i) a web site giving a brief description of the project, (ii) a full paper report delivered as a pdf-file. The paper report must be available for download from the web site part of the report.
The written report should contain:
The website should contain the following:
SubmittingThe project report is submitted by handing in an electronic copy of the project web site no later than December 21. Note that no changes or corrections to this version will be allowed.
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