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Peripheral Display for Multi-User Location Awareness

Rahat Iqbal1, Anne James1, John Black1, and Witold Poreda2
1. Faculty of Engineering and Computing, Department of Computing and the Digital Environment, Coventry University, Coventry, UK
2. UYT Limited Coventry Business Park Coventry, UK

Abstract—An important aspect of Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp) is augmenting people and environments with computational resources which provide information and services unobtrusively whenever and wherever required. In line with the vision of UbiComp, we have developed a multiuser location-awareness system by following a user-centred design and evaluation approach. In this paper, we discuss the development of the system that allows users to share informative feedback about their current geographical location. Most importantly, the proposed system is to be integrated in the smart-home environment by portraying location-awareness information on a peripheral display. The proposed system can be used by various users, for example family members, relatives or a group of friends, in order to share the information related to their locations and to interact with each other.

Index Terms—Location awareness, Ubiquitous Computing, Calm Technology, Global Positioning System (GPS), Tracking, Focus group, Interviews

Cite: Rahat Iqbal, Anne James, John Black, and Witold Poreda, "Peripheral Display for Multi-User Location Awareness," Journal of Advances in Information Technology, Vol. 1, No. 3, pp. 116-126, August, 2010.doi:10.4304/jait.1.3.116-126