What if your cell phone could read ordinary objects as if the barcode was put on everyday objects. so that your mobile device could understanding the social context? Familiar Street is an unofficial name for the research I have done in the Interaction Laboratory of Sony CSL(Computer Science Laboratory) with Professor Jun Rekimoto. Detailed information about this research can not be provided on the website yet due to security of the content at Sony CSL.

In prehistoric era, the objects people encounter in their daily lives mostly had been natural objects such as trees, mountains, rivers, and caves. People could understand the nature of their surroundings through intuitive experience because natural objects represent their nature by shapes, sounds, and smells. On the other hand, buildings we encounter everyday in streets do not properly represent its nature through their shapes. They include information that is in huge volume and it’s too capsulated inside. Due to this, people in modern era are forced to receive visual information that lacks understandable representation, which causes people to feel isolated and surrounded by unfamiliar strangers.

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