Humans are approximate creatures, we aren’t precise, and if this blog is anything to go by, we aren’t concise either! So then why do we persist in pursuing work which is ever more precise using tools which are sold on their precision. Eye-tracking is just one example of this – an individual gaze plot maybe precise, but start to add participants and you get gaze-spaghetti; nothing precise there. So lets step away from precision – in order to get some focus (no pun intended). This idea has led us to think about a new kind of metric we’re calling attention approximation, and our paper at the CHI13 DigitalTV Workshop is it’s first outing. Continue reading →
To make Mustikka-rahkapizza, you need vettä. It’s a recipe I learnt while in Helsinki on holiday, but I could not have learnt this without my smart translator app which uses a combination of camera, OCR, and translation engine to give me a view onto that recipe I would not normally have. In this case the paper recipe was made accessible by my translator application; which added value by converting and adding information via a computational process. This idea then of different views onto information, or functionality, adding new meaning by performing some computational process is just the kind of deep accessibility I’ve been thinking about recently; and maybe isn’t our usual conception of accessibility.