[iDC] Anxiety, Comfort, and Play in Public Places

Elizabeth Goodman egoodman at confectious.net
Tue Jul 25 17:33:03 EDT 2006

Thanks for mentioning the project, Trebor! If anyone has any  
questions at all about the project -- well, I'm here to answer  
questions. There have been quite a few other related projects through  
Intel Research since this one -- those who are interested might want  
to also check out www.urban-atmospheres.net. I especially encourage  
those who are interested in urbanism and who are in the Bay Area to  
stop by the ISEA/ZeroOne Interactive City summit in San Jose on  
August 7-8: http://www.urban-atmospheres.net/ICSummit2006/


On Jul 24, 2006, at 8:24 AM, Trebor Scholz wrote:

> [Check out the Familiar Stranger project
> by Liz Goodman and Eric Paulos.
> best, Trebor]
> The Familiar Stranger Project
> Anxiety, Comfort, and Play in Public Places
> http://berkeley.intel-research.net/paulos/research/familiarstranger/
> As humans we live and interact across a wildly diverse set of physical
> spaces.  We each formulate our own personal meaning of place using a
> myriad of observable cues such as public-private, large-small,
> daytime-nighttime, loud-quiet, and crowded-empty.  Unsurprisingly,  
> it is
> the people with which we share such spaces that dominate our  
> perception
> of place.  Sometimes these people are friends, family and colleagues.
> More often, and particularly in public urban spaces we inhabit, the
> individuals who affect us are ones that we repeatedly observe and  
> yet do
> not directly interact with  our Familiar Strangers.  This research
> project explores our often ignored yet real relationships with  
> Familiar
> Strangers. We describe several experiments and studies that lead to a
> design for a personal, body-worn, wireless device that extends the
> Familiar Stranger relationship while respecting the delicate, yet
> important, constraints of our feelings and relationships with  
> strangers
> in public places.
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