Saturday, June 25, 2005

Mobility and design

Bodies in Motion: Memory, Personalization, Mobility and Design
June 25, 2005 - June 28, 2005
Banff New Media Institute

"What are the design and creative capacities of memory rich materials and forms? One of the proclaimed goals of pervasive computing research is to develop invisible distributed sensor networks to record various aspects of our activities. Wearable computing research is similarly concerned with questions of memory, in particular contextually-specific memory. The summit will also examine the idea of alternate display substrates (e.g., walls, garments, or furniture) that recall their 'history of use,' or how embodied memory can be communicated through augmented data.

What drives the contemporary desire in the technology world for total data memory? How does data memory sit beside new kinds of memory capacities in other materials? Memory is closely linked to histories and the interpretations of history. Some of the best mobile experiences combine local memory, histories and place. What models of memory and mind are used in designing technologies that remember? What are the ethical implications of memory machines? What does this mean in time of war, increased security? How do we include the need, capacity, and desire to forget? How do we include trauma?"

These events are usually streamed live, so check back over the next few days to see what's happening. In the meantime, you can also check out the archives for last month's summit Bodies in Play: Shaping and Mapping Mobile Applications.

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