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User Handover in a Cross Media Device Environment, A Coaching Service for Physical Activity

Wieringa, Wilko (2012) User Handover in a Cross Media Device Environment, A Coaching Service for Physical Activity.

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Abstract:Multi-device systems can be used in different contexts, for example in a persuasive setting to help people change their lifestyle. It has been shown that by giving regular feedback, positive results can be reached for changing people’s behaviour. In a multi-device system the user should be able to interact with the device that is most appropriate for the interaction in a given situation. A way to ensure this is by using user handover between devices. The user object should be assigned to the device which fulfills a certain interaction the best. We can take the user handover a step further and also synchronize user information between the devices when a handover takes place. Now other devices also know the user information that resulted from dialogues they were not used for. Inter-usability is about how easily users can reuse their knowledge and skills for an action when using a different device. Better interusability in a multi-device system enables users to switch more easily between these devices. It requires knowledge continuity and task continuity. Knowledge continuity is about how to retrieve and adapt knowledge or data which is managed with the system. Task continuity is about remembering the last operations done with the system, irrespective of which device this last operation is done with. The goal of this project is to implement the user handover for a multi-device system and ensure inter-usability between the different devices in this system. This is done by implementing a multi-device system for helping office users in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This system is evaluated with six test participants, which demonstrated the correct working of the system.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Interaction Technology MSc (60030)
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