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Is there a Box in your future?. George G. Robertson Principal Researcher Visualization and Interaction Research Microsoft Corporation. Star Cops and Box. 1987 BBC science fiction detective series Nathan Spring is Commander of a new International Space Police Force in 2027

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is there a box in your future

Is there a Box in your future?

George G. Robertson

Principal Researcher

Visualization and Interaction Research

Microsoft Corporation

star cops and box
Star Cops and Box
  • 1987 BBC science fiction detective series
  • Nathan Spring is Commander of a new International Space Police Force in 2027
  • Box is a small digital personal assistance that Nathan carries with him
box characteristics
Box Characteristics

“Look for connections … that’s any connection, however tenuous.” Nathan Spring

  • Voice communication
  • Monitor all activity in vicinity
  • Access to information world wide
  • Ability to display & interact with information on any display surface
  • Problem solving assistant
can we build box now
Can we build Box now?
  • Use PPC Phone or Smartphone
  • Voice communication
  • Monitor all activity in vicinity
  • Access to information world wide
  • Ability to display & interact with information on any display surface
  • Problem solving assistant
related work
Related Work
  • Pebbles – Myers (CACM 2001)
    • Collaboration
    • Remote mouse (or remote control)
    • PDAs ® PCs
  • SharedNotes – Greenberg (Personal Technologies 1999)
    • Shared notes
    • PDAs « shared displays
related work cont
Related Work (cont.)
  • Pick and Drop – Rekimoto (CHI 1998)
    • Moving objects
    • PDA « display
  • WinCuts – Tan (CHI 2004)
    • Shared window regions
    • Laptop ® shared display
  • Dynamo – Izadi (UIST 2003)
    • Exchanging media
    • Laptop ® shared display
related work cont1
Related Work (cont.)
  • Personal Server – Want (UbiComp 2002)
    • Use of surrounding computing infrastructure
    • A portable personal identity
    • Display-free device ® networked resources
  • Personalized Shared Ubiquitous Devices – Hilbert & Trevor (Interactions 2004)
    • Documents accessed via browser
    • PC or PDA ® display
box 0 9 what might it do
Box 0.9 – What Might It Do?
  • Portable personal identity (secure)
  • Portable personal workspace
    • Access to things I’ve been working on
    • Access through the cloud (or cached)
  • Display my work on any nearby display
  • Share my work with others
  • Port my work from one location to another
building box 0 9 initial steps
Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Collaboration with Dan Olsen @ BYU
  • XICE – Extended Interaction Everywhere

Wall Display

Pocket PC Phone

Smartphone

building box 0 9 initial steps1
Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Application runs on mobile device
  • Shared display used for display & input

XICE manages scene graph

App running here puts window up on shared display

building box 0 9 initial steps2
Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Either mobile device can initiate window management operations

App running here puts 2nd window up on shared display

building box 0 9 initial steps3
Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Input can be local to mobile device
  • Or on the shared display
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Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Input can be redirected to enable shared applications

Input from here

building box 0 9 initial steps5
Building Box 0.9 – Initial Steps
  • Input can be redirected to enable shared applications

Is processed here

building box 0 9 next steps
Building Box 0.9 – Next Steps
  • Shared multi-scale applications
    • Notepad
      • Outliner
      • Sticky notes
    • Drawing
      • PowerPoint lite
    • IE
    • Excel lite
your own box
Your Own Box
  • Would you like one of these?
  • Questions?
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