Ubiquitous Computing in Physico-Spatial Environments - Activity Theoretical Considerations
Paper i proceeding, 2007
Interaction design of pervasive and ubiquitous computing
(UC) systems must take into account physico-spatial issues
as technology is implemented into our physical
surroundings. In this paper we discuss how one conceptual
framework for understanding interaction in context,
Activity Theory (AT), frames the role of space. We point to
the fact that AT treats space primarily in terms of analyzing
the role of space before designing IT-systems and
evaluating spatial effects of IT-systems in use contexts after
the design phase. We consequently identify a gap in that
role of space is not recognized in the design process.
We address this gap by discussing the role of physical space in relation to key concepts of AT in terms of how an
increased awareness of physico-spatial aspects influences
the understanding and design of IT systems.