Location-based services study – We need you!

For a research project at the Mobile Life Centre we’re looking for users of mobile applications that focus on your location such as foursquare, gowalla, brightkite, Google latitude, loopt or glympse for short interviews.

Are you using an application like that? We want to talk to you about your experiences! We are interested in all types of use and both people who just occasionally use mobile services and people who use them all the time, so don’t worry about being ‘exactly the type of user we’re looking for’.

An interview would take about 15 – 30 minutes. We would either meet up face-to-face in Stockholm or Amsterdam, or talk via video chat (e.g. Skype). We would like to conduct the interviews between 21 Jan and 10 Feb, but you of course get to set the time and place.

I (Henriette) will be conducting the interviews. We’ve included a short description of Mobile Life below, please check out mobilelifecentre.org if you want to know more about our work.

Comment on this post, or send me an email at henriette (at) mobilelifecentre.org or tweet via @hsmcramer and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you know other people who would be interested in participating, feel free to forward this message.

Thanks from me, Nicolas Belloni and Mattias Rost

About Mobile Life
*The Mobile Life Centre at Stockholm University in Kista (Stockholm), Sweden, revolves around research in mobile services and ubiquitous computing. The topic of the Centre includes research on consumer-oriented mobile and ubiquitous services spanning all areas from entertainment and socialization to work and society. The Centre joins forces with local research organization such as SICS and Interactive Institute. Its partners from the IT and telecom industry include Ericsson Research, TeliaSonera, Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Microsoft Research Ltd.

Serious about playfulness

From now on, fun will be mandatory at the Mobile Life Centre!

This January we’re starting a new project, all about playfulness – and the little quirks that make our lives better. Beyond our intense exploratory research (aka playing Wii Band Hero), we (=me, Helena Mentis, Ylva Fernaeus) have also produced a Very Serious Position paper outlining some challenges when trying to design for playfulness and fun in the workplace. People do appear to have the strange tendency not to enjoy enforced fun and not even to enjoy the same things, so what is ‘designing’ for playful experiences really about?

The paper has resulted in a nice trip to Savannah, GA for CSCW 2010 where we’ll participate in the ‘Fun, seriously?’ workshop.  All workshop papers can be found here. Do check out the paper of Marleigh Norton and Philip Tan of the MIT GAMBIT Game Lab in Singapore on their work as game developers and on how Bill & Ted’s excellent adventures can guide your professional life. It’s both awesome and excellent really – and they’re bravely trashing the conference paper formatting guidelines too, chapeau!