Industry Funding for Next Generation Mobile Interaction
Researchers at Lancaster University's InfoLab21 are collaborating with NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs to develop a new generation of mobile interactions and applications using RFID/NFC technology.
MULTITAG is a £252,000 research project funded by NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs - an affiliated company of NTT DoCoMo, the primary mobile communications company in Japan.
The two-year project will be the first cooperation between NTT DoCoMo Euro-Labs and a University in the UK.
Mobile interaction with advertisement posters, public screens and maps that are based on RFID/NFC tags or visual markers is regarded as a promising application area in mobile commerce.
However, most currently implemented commercial applications are based on simple interaction paradigms, associating one single object with exactly one tag providing one service at a time.
Multi-tag interactions and applications are driven by the idea of augmenting objects through multiple tags that provide various links to different services.
The aims of the MULTITAG project are: to further analyze multi-tag application and interactions, define guidelines for the development of such systems, establish tool support and provide a solid service engineering basis for the future development of such services.
One concrete prototype currently in development is a system which would allow a mobile phone to be used as a smart stylus. Using this approach, the phone can touch a display at any location in order to perform interactions.
Using a mobile phone in the interaction increases interaction possibilities through phone input modalities (e.g. joystick or keypad), storage capabilities and additional feedback (e.g. visual, audio, and vibration).
Leading the project are Dr. Enrico Rukzio, Professor Hans Gellersen and Robert Hardy in Lancaster University's Computing Department.
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