1. The complexities and costs of deploying Internet of Things (IoT) and ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) applications seriously compromise our ability to evaluate such systems in the real world. To simplify Ubicomp deployment, this video introduces the robotic pseudopod, an actuator that acts on mechanical switches originally designed for human control.

    Robotic pseudopods enable computational control of devices by hijacking their mechanical switches – a term we refer to as mechanical hijacking. Pseudopods offer simple, low-cost, non-destructive computational access to installed hardware, enabling functional, real world ubicomp deployments.

    This short video illustrates how three primitives, built with the Lego MindStorm NXT toolkit, can implement mechanical hijacking, facilitating real world ubicomp deployments which otherwise require extensive changes to existing hardware or infrastructure.

    This project was done in collaboration with Microsoft Research --
    Nicolas Villar, https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/nvillar/
    Alex S. Taylor, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=ecxxlucAAAAJ
    Shahram Izadi, https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=hkCVqYkAAAAJ

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  2. This video sketch demonstrates the use of a Smart Bag that knows its contents, which addresses two design opportunities: (i) a reminder system that helps people remember their schedules and what they need to take, and (ii) a reminder system that allows parents to engage in parenting.

    This research was conducted by Min Kyung Lee, Scott Davidoff, Anind Dey and John Zimmerman. Video produced by Min Kyung Lee.

    For more information, see
    Min Kyung Lee, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~mklee/
    Scott Davidoff, http://scottdavidoff.com/research
    Anind Dey, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~anind
    John Zimmerman, http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~johnz

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  3. Scott researches ubiquitous and context-aware systems for families. Scott works with the Project on Family, Control and the Smart Home, part of Carnegie Mellon's Human Computer Interaction Institute. Before graduate school, Scott was principal of Scott Davidoff Design, and much better-rested. Scott holds a Masters in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon, and a BA in Political Theory and English from Duke University.

    Ian Li researches technologies that help people make better decisions and find opportunities for positive changes in their lives, using methods from human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design, and behavioral research. Currently, Ian develops ubiquitous computing systems that improve people's awareness of their behavior to motivate physical activity, to increase mood awareness, and to aid office productivity.

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  4. Back in 2004, before Gmail popularized these features, TeamMail developed an e-mail prototype that includes real-time conversation, and task management into the inbox.

    TeamMail users share documents and conversations all within the body of a single, dynamically updated email message. TeamMail users get less email, because all related conversations are channeled into the email they already have. In addition, they only have to look in a single place for any documents related to those shared tasks.

    TeamMail was developed as a Capstone Project for the Master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction at Carnegie Mellon. For more information, see the project website:

    The TeamMail project was sponsored by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), and Managed by Frank Ludolph, who pioneered the user interface with the Apple Lisa:

    The TeamMail team includes
    Patrick Barry, blog.patrickbarry.com/
    Scott Davidoff, http://scottdavidoff.com/research
    Cary Evans, http://www.matterdaddy.com
    Evangeline Haughney, http://www.evangelinehaughney.com/
    Naotake Kakehi, http://www.hcii.cmu.edu/M-HCI/2004/sun/bios.htm

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  5. This design concept sketch portrays how an intelligent agent might collaborate with you to find the right outfit. Instead of working with new clothes (like an haute couture store agent might), the agent is tasked with revitalizing a tired wardrobe. The sketch features visualizations that describe how the agent might calculate its fashion opinion.

    This sketch is a collaboration between
    Scott Davidoff, http://scottdavidoff.com/research
    Evangeline Haughney, http://www.evangelinehaughney.com
    Jina Huh, jinah.people.si.umich.edu

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Scott Davidoff

Human-computer interaction (HCI) and design research prototypes, sketches and concept videos, featuring context-aware systems (that adapt to and respond to the environment).

Scott Davidoff is a PhD Candidate at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute…

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Human-computer interaction (HCI) and design research prototypes, sketches and concept videos, featuring context-aware systems (that adapt to and respond to the environment).

Scott Davidoff is a PhD Candidate at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon

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