In our digitized everyday lives, are bulletin boards, free local newspapers and advertising pillars still suitable for sharing things and encountering people? In this Master's thesis, new ways of connecting with people are researched by combining location-aware smartphones with playful experiences. The goal is to use mobile social media in order to stimulate the exchange of skills and goods and foster face-to-face communication within local communities.
In an iterative process of field research and prototyping, insights into local community culture are turned into concepts using storyboards, paper prototypes, wireframes and video scenarios. The result is a service called Bindle that allows people to "pack up" their things and activities, share those with the people around them and start a conversation. It is a new way to explore the neighborhood and engage with strangers in novel and surprising ways.
Master student Judith Fehse is fascinated by the impact technology has on society and people. She wants to understand how people act, how technology works and design new tools that people love through user ...
Erfasst am 20.04.10
Judith Fehse will present the challenges in designing mobile social interactions and will showcase her master’s project, a smartphone application that brings local communities together.