In media appearances you can find everything we have posted in the news feed and more such as seminars and announcements from now and from the past! It works like our news archive.
Mobile Life was invited to give a talk at the Sweden@Zambia forum in Lusaka. The event was organized by the Swedish Institute, the Tällberg foundation and the Swedish ambassador Lena Nordström.
Sweden@Zambia is part of a project to change and find new ways for cooperation, an effort to change the images in both Zambia and Sweden, as well as empowering entrepreneurial structures in Zambia with the focus on digital opportunities.
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One of our previous Master students created a video to present Mobile Life, through the eyes of the people who work here. Take a look: Sneak peek into the Mobile Life working environment
Donald McMillan and Kristina Höök was interview by DN about "Mobile Life" and the future of the mobile phone.Download file...
Vygandas Simbelis, artist and PhD student and Anders Lundström, PhD student and interaction designer, gives a presentation and a demonstration of the Metaphone project at Jönköpings läns museum on October 9th, 18:30.
Barry Brown has been appointed professor at DSV, Stockholm University. He came to DSV in April 2012 and joined the Mobile Life Centre as a studio director and research leader of the centre. Before joining DSV he was an associate professor at the University of California. Barry Brown thinks that Mobile Life Centre has an exciting and collaborative research environment with some excellent research and great links with industry. He is happy to be appointed professor at DSV, Stockholm University. “This is a great confirmation of the work at the Mobile Life Centre, and shows that we have a strong home at Stockholm University,” Barry says. His research has focused on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - computer systems for leisure and pleasure, and recent publications include studies of activities as diverse as games, tourism, museum visiting, the use of maps, television watching and sport spectating. The main theme for Barry Brown’s research at Mobile Life Centre is “Clouds & surfaces”. Barry Brown was one of the editors of the recently published "The SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research". The Handbook explores the issues of rapid technological development, social change, and the ubiquity of computing technologies which have become an integrated part of people's everyday lives.
The SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research, edited by Barry Brown, Sara Price and Carey Jewitt, has now been published. Research on and with digital technologies is everywhere today. This timely, authoritative Handbook explores the issues of rapid technological development, social change, and the ubiquity of computing technologies that have become an integral part of people's everyday lives.
On Friday September 6th, Petra Sundström will be keynote speaker at the Automation summit in Västerås. Petra's talk is titled: Bringing fun and Internet of Things technology into the automation industry Abstract: It might seem as if designing for fun with Internet of Things-technology is not relevant to the automation industry. But we might argue that interface design brought forth for leisure time activities often put pressure on the design for work applications. For example, the graphics industry was pushed forward by the games industry, but has since been of great use in many other design situations. In this talk, we will discuss and speculate what design trends will influence design for control rooms, surveillance of automated processes, repair and maintenance and all the other activities the automation industry has to tackle.
Read more about the Centre Day in KTH Campi (in Swedish)
Den 29:e augusti arrangeras ”The Centre Day 2013” på Moderna Museet i Stockholm. Ett av de stora ämnena för konferensen är det svenska innovationsklimatet och bland talarna märks Jane Walerud, framgångsrik serial tech entrepreneur och Martin Körling, chef för Ericsson research i Silicon Valley. Konferensen är ett samarrangemang mellan Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre, Exselent Berzelii Centre, VINNOVA och Vetenskapsrådet. Konferensen är ett återkommande arrangemang där VINNOVAS satsningar på Excellence Centra och VINNOVAS och VR:s gemensamma satsningar på Berzelii centra diskutrerar aktuella ämnen inom alla de forskningsområden som centren representerar. Konferensen tar också upp ämnen som är gemensamma för centren och för allmänheten i stort. Det finns idag 18 VINN Excellence centre och 6 Berzelii center. Centren forskar inom en mängd olika områden. En del av dagen erbjuder också möjlighet för deltagarna att få se forskningsresultat i en utställning och diskutera direkt med forskarna. Totalt kan Moderna museets lokaler ta emot 250 deltagare. – Centren har existerat i cirka 6 år och vårt uppdrag är dels att utföra excellent forskning och bidra med kunskapsöverföring till våra industripartners och till samhället men också att kommersialisera våra forskningsresultat. Det är viktigt att vi satsar ytterligare på kommersialisering de 3 till 4 år som vi har kvar som centra, säger Maria Holm, vice centrumföreståndare för Mobile Life. Därför är det viktigt att vi diskuterar och funderar kring de här frågorna tillsammans både med andra forskare, representanter för våra politiker och företagen. Tid och plats: Moderna Museet på Skeppsholmen i Stockholm. Registreringen öppnar 09:30 och konferensen startar 10:30. Besök konferensens hemsida för mer information om programmet: http://centreday.mobilelifecentre.org/index.html Om du som journalist vill delta, vänligen anmäl intresse till Maria Holm, Co-director, Mobile Life Centre, Kista, mobil 0709-855 192, e-post: firstname.lastname@example.org
The August newsletter as been sent out. If you want to read more about what we have been doing recently in one page, follow this link: http://www.mobilelifecentre.org/newsletters/august
The Mobile Life Centre has been active now for six years of its total ten year grant from VINNOVA. Over the last six years the centre has established itself as a leading academic centre on the international scene, unparalleled in Sweden and with few international competitors. The next four years will see us continue in attracting students and guest researchers from around the globe, and improve further on our proven track record of successful research projects in close collaboration with our industry partners. The results for the this past year and our goals for the coming one are collected in the Annual report for 2012-2013 that we have named Creating lasting impact.
Exselent and Mobile Life, two of the Stockholm University based Berzelii Centra and VINN Excellence Centra invites you together with VINNOVA and Swedish Research Council to a Centre Day in Stockholm on August 29th, 2013. Take this opportunity to listen to a number of interesting speakers that will give their thoughts and insights to the innovation climate in Sweden and Silicon Valley. During the day the absolute forefront of research in Sweden today will be presented by the VINN Excellence Centres and Berzelii Centra at Stockholm University and Royal Institute of Technology. This conference addresses you that are in industry, in a research organisation or in any other way are interested to promote innovation in Sweden.
Petra Sundström, research leader in Mobile Life and lab manager at SICS Swedish ICT will present at the annual conference Media Evolution on August 22nd. Petra will talk about how the design process needs to consider digital materials such as Bluetooth and sensors in the same way designers have worked with traditional materials, such as paper, plastic or wood. In doing so we explore a new technical space of possibilities.
För 20 år sedan spreds webben över världen. 2007 lanserades Iphone för första gången. Nu kommer datorerna som läser av våra känslor.
Efter diskussionen om hur den amerikanska säkerhetstjänsten fått uppgifter av sociala medieföretag, så kommer nu frågan om också hälsouppgifter som vi sparar digitalt kan utnyttjas av våra myndigheter.
Mobile Life visited India in February and a number of companies in New Dehli, Bangalore and Chennai. One of the companies was Human Factors International located in Chennai on the south east coast of India. This was made with statements from the conference on the future of the mobile life.
Petra Sundström will give a presentation at Data Explosion, Wednesday May 29th at 15:30 at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. She will talk about design research and Internet of Things.
Mobile Life is again mentioned in the Swedish trend spotting program "Spanarna" P1. Per Naroskin referes to Oskar Juhlin's and Elin Önnevall's study: On the Relation of Ordinary Gestures to TV Screens: General Lessons for the Design of Collaborative Interactive Technique. Per Naroskin summarises the trend spotting with, "the future belongs, not only to the big gestures, but to the beatiful gestures". (12:25 into the program)
Affective Health and Metaphone (Vegas Simbelis and Anders Lundström in particular) were mentioned in a program named "Spanarna" on national Swedish radio, P1. Trend spotting by Per Naroskin talks about the project In a positive, but slightly jokey sense. 25:13 minutes into the program.
Every year Computer Sweden lists the 50 most powerful women in IT in Sweden. Kristina Höök is on the list for the fifth time. The description of why says: "21 (18) Kristina Höök. Professor i interaktionsdesign på KTH. Hon är en av de ledande forskarna inom sakernas internet – att tingen runt oss kopplas upp. Ett område som är riktigt hett. Kristina Höök har dessutom grundat forskningscentret Mobile Life och sitter i regeringens it-råd."
Opportunity for Master Thesis with Affective Health group at Mobile Life Centre, part of Swedish Institute of Computer Science. The Affective Health system identifies basic bodily reactions of short term stress; skin-conductance and movement, and mirrors this data back to the users on their mobile phones. This works both in real-time, enabling a biofeedback loop, and over time creating a pattern for everyday reflection. The next step in the project is to further explore the design space where wearable biofeedback system could encourage somatic awareness, non-dualism and empowerment not only for one single user but for society as a whole. We want to explore the design space and find out what is important when mirroring ones bodily experiences by testing different representations such as audio & visual applications through biosensors. The goal of the Master thesis is to develop visualization of biofeedback data on Android devices and collaborative approaches to deal with stress. Applicants should preferably demonstrate a portfolio, and will be required to perform a small design exercise to demonstrate skills in creative visualization and interaction design . Android development experience is a plus. Application Procedure: Please send in your application to Johanna (email@example.com) with subject line “Affective Health Thesis”.
"If I was 25 again I would have been attracted to work at the Mobile Life Centre in Kista". This is what Helene Ahlbom, journalist at Ny Teknik, writes in her article about Mobile Life.
The Plei-Plei book is at display as this weeks book to read at Ziggy Creative Colony @ziggycc
Är du upphetsad? Metaphone är maskinen som fångar in dina känslor och målar en tavla av dem. Att använda biodata för att interagera med tekniken och kommunicera människor emellan är ett område som blir allt hetare.
Celia Zhang has been selected as a contributor for one of the biggest fashion trend websites in China: Fashion trend digest. She has published an article on the website. It was written in Chinese. The abstract is as follows: This article presents the influence of industrial design to fashion in Sweden and the fashion system established to promote fashion as a nation image to outside. First, I introduce the heritage from industrial design in Sweden, such as simplicity, clean and functionality etc. and how these features are applied in fashion design. Second, I present the current situation of Swedish fashion industry, including types of companies and their business strategies. Sweden is a new place where cool and edgy fashion is generated. Last but not the least, I analyze the fashion system in Sweden, i.e. the institutions that transform clothing into fashion and promote fashion industry, such as government supported organizations, fashion weeks, prizes funded by large companies and fashion media etc.. In conclusion, modern Swedish fashion is influenced by the design heritage and promoted by certain institutions. The country has established an image of 'fashion' instead of a place for making clothes.
This is a short video from TV4 News portraying professor Kristina Höök talking about why Mobile Life is an important research centre. And why we need to focus on the "good life" when researching and designing for the future mobile life using Internet of Things technologies.
Petra Sundström and Protothon, partner in the newly established Consumer oriented Internet of Things Centre in dialogue: Sweden's land size is huge: it's length is further than London to Barcelona. It's people are few: the population is only marginally larger than that of Greater London. But for a relatively small crowd the Swedes' innovation output is extreme. H&M, IKEA are arguably the biggest exports but the entire world's engineering infrastructure is cornerstoned by Scandinavian design. Spotify, Skype, Soundcloud, Electolux and Ericsson for internet starters. So where better to take our hovercraft of Lab-based inspiration than the very heart of it's pioneering tech R&D: the spanking new Internet of Things Centre. We got together with Petra Sundström, leader of IOT Centre, to find out more. Follow the link for the complete article.
Mobility is the message At the heart of modern technology is its use for communication. One key example of this is social media sharing - on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube etc. We share media in many different ways both on the web and on mobile phones, but there are few ways of sharing media with people physically near us. Media sharing is something still tied to the way media is shared through computers. Although often mobile, they do not consider the mobile settings. The thesis explores new mobile media sharing applications by building, deploying, and studying their use.
Johanna Mercurio talks about the Affective Health system in the Swedish Radio, Tekniksafari for p1. The focus of the program is what happens technology meets the body. The interview is in Swedish.
The "Metaphone project" (http://www.simbelis.com/project/metaphone/) is now starting: MobileLife researchers Vegas Simbelis and Elsa Kosmack Vaara at DAC (http://www.digitalartcenter.se/). During next couple of weeks, user studies, experiments and a public show will take place. Date and time is soon to be displayed.
Kristina Höök, Johanna Mercurio and Anna Ståhl talk about the Affective Health system in the newspapers NyTeknik and Forskning&Framsteg.
The reporter Helen Ahlbom from NyTeknik tries the app herself and also talks to the elite athlete Peter Öberg about his experiences from wearing the system. Forskning&Framsteg created their own full page image of how the system works.
Both articles are in Swedish.
Hon blev IT-frälst långt före internets intåg och har en twittrande blomkruka hemma. Som tonårig feminist bestämde sig Kia Höök för att satsa på ett kunskapsområde som gav henne makt. – Jag insåg att jag måste kunna någonting som kommer att påverka samhället, säger hon, i dag professor på KTH.
So says Jin Moen, CEO of the small start-up Movinto Fun, now entering as a new partner in the Mobile Life Centre. Jin has degree in engineering from Royal Institute of Technologoy (KTH) and dance teacher from the College of Dance, and she combines the two skills in the company. During her PhD, she developed the research prototype BodyBug, which is the base of the company's product Oriboo.
- I have already collaborated with researchers at the Mobile Life Centre in a project financed by VINNOVA's program Take Time IT in spring 2010, says Jin Moen. The idea was to develop dance games based on social interactions. The collaboration also included the dance school Stepz.
Jin is now focusing on developing new games for Oriboo a patented motion-based and handheld game console with software that can be downloaded from the web. The product is expected to be in stores this summer, but can be booked online already now. Movinto Fun joines the Mobile Life Centre as a partner - something that Jin sees as a natural step from previous collaboration.
- It seems natural - we are a bit in the "same industry". We deal with both mobility and what creates joy, happiness and contentment in everyday life, says Jin.
The partnership provides an opportunity to work closely with other scientists and to work more interdisciplinary. Jin to calculates that this will bring ideas for developing new products. And she looks forward to working with both scientists and industry representatives. What Movinto Fun can bring to the Mobile Life Centre is the experience of commercialising products.
- It will be fun to be involved in developing consumer electronics that is not only "useful" but brings joy. We must retain the playfulness to create innovations, says Jin Moen.
Mobile Life VINN Excellence centre at Stockholm University
Partners: SICS and KTH, Ericsson, Microsoft Research, Nokia, TeliaSonera, IKEA, ABB, Movinto Fun, Company P, City of Stockholm, Kista Science City, STING