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Room Mates is the outcome of a two weeks Applied Dreams workshop in cooperation with OrangeWorld customer experience group on the subject of Event based timing tools. The goal of this workshop was to develop tools and services to help social groups to coordinate their events fluidly using mobile devices.

What is "Room Mates"?

what we have looked for and what we have found

Basic guidelines for thinking about the interface look and feel

Why do we think it's valuable, and why you should think so too...

Applied dreams are short innovation workshops developed jointly by IDII faculty and industrial partners, In this case it was OrangeWorld customer experience group. The workshop's topic was "Event based timing tools".
Mobile phones change our perception of time:
clock time to event time,
from fixed scheduling to free form scheduling.
People manage their social and business time differently when mobile.
The goal of this workshop was to develop tools and services to help social groups to coordinate their events fluidly using mobile devices.



Neil Churcher, Michael Kieslinger, Molly wright Steenson, Jan Christoph Zoels

Steven Blythe, Ruth kikin-Gil, Maya Lotan

Room Mates : A human face to the mobile device

Our challenge :
The mobile device is used as an integral part of our social lives, but the way it is structured and interfaces with the user does not reflect that. It is built around tasks and functions rather than around people.
We asked ourselves how can our social behaviors and modes of communication be reflected within the mobile environment ?
How can we change the mobile device's perspective from functional tasking to social tasking?

The concept:
within the mobile device, create
Privately shared spaces ("rooms") with a selected group of friends
where the future is planned,
the present is shared
and the past is reflected upon.

A new paradigm for the framework of mobile devices, setting the standards for all services that run on it and rethinking the basic concepts of the operating system in the context of social tasking in terms of: task management, data management and the approach to the interaction with the device.

Maya, Molly and Simone form a "dynamic group", based on mutual interest.
In their privately shared space or "Room"; Maya, Molly and Simone can have video conferences, share pictures and videos, discuss different topics, leave messages and plan future activities.

All the messages and information placed in the room can be viewed and commented upon by all the room's members.

The group memory is built, as these activities are kept within the room for future reference as well as nostalgia


How did we get there? Let me take you through the EXPLORATION process that lead to this concept


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