cancellED: Seattle Harper Lecture: Integrating Interactive Devices with the Human Body
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In the early days of computing, user and device were distant, often in separate rooms. In the 1970s, personal computers “moved in” with users. In the 1990s, mobile devices put computing into users’ pockets. Now wearables have brought computing into constant physical contact with the user’s skin. Join Pedro Lopes as he asks, what is the next logical step?
While many argue that the next generation of interactive devices will be directly implanted inside the user’s body—not unlike existing pacemakers, insulin pumps, and cochlear implants—Lopes argues that what we see today is devices moving toward the “interface” of body and world. To advance this path, Lopes’s Human Computer Integration lab has created a set of devices that intentionally borrow parts of the user’s body for input and output. Their devices fall under two main categories: (1) devices that increase immersion in virtual reality by simulating large forces such as wind, physical impact, or heavy objects; (2) devices that allow users to access information eyes-free using proprioception (the sense of one’s own bodily movement and position). These interactive systems move past mobile and wearable computing in that they borrow parts of the user’s body, implementing a novel interaction mode.
The event will begin with a 60-minute welcome reception, followed by the lecture presentation and a postreception.
$10/Maroon Loyalty Society member or recent graduate (College alumni of the past 10 years and graduate alumni of the past five years)
Free for current academic year graduates and current students
6:00 p.m. Registration and networking
7:00 p.m. Presentation and discussion
8:15 p.m. Reception
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