This article introduces a framework for creating rich augmented environments based on a social web of intelligent things and people. We target outdoor environments, aiming to transform a region into a smart environment that can share its cultural heritage with people, promoting itself and its special qualities. Using the applications developed in the framework, people can interact with things, listen to the stories that these things tell them, and make their own contributions. The things are intelligent in the sense that they aggregate information provided by users and behave in a socially active way. They can autonomously establish social relationships on the basis of their properties and their interaction with users. Hence when a user gets in touch with a thing, she is also introduced to its social network consisting of other things and of users; she can navigate this network to discover and explore the world around the thing itself. Thus the system supports serendipitous navigation in a network of things and people that evolves according to the behavior of users. An innovative interaction model was defined that allows users to interact with objects in a natural, playful way using smartphones without the need for a specially created infrastructure. The framework was instantiated into a suite of applications called WantEat, in which objects from the domain of tourism and gastronomy (such as cheese wheels or bottles of wine) are taken as testimonials of the cultural roots of a region. WantEat includes an application that allows the definition and registration of things, a mobile application that allows users to interact with things, and an application that supports stakeholders in getting feedback about the things that they have registered in the system. WantEat was developed and tested in a real-world context which involved a region and gastronomy-related items from it (such as products, shops, restaurants, and recipes), through an early evaluation with stakeholders and a final evaluation with hundreds of users.

Interacting With Social Networks of Intelligent Things and People in the World of Gastronomy

CONSOLE, Luca;BIAMINO, Giulia;CARMAGNOLA, Francesca;CENA, Federica;CHIABRANDO, ELISA;FURNARI, ROBERTO;GENA, Cristina;GRILLO, PIERLUIGI;LIKAVEC, Silvia;LOMBARDI, ILARIA;MIOLI, MICHELE;PERRERO, Monica;PICARDI, Claudia;RAPP, AMON;VERNERO, FABIANA
2013-01-01

Abstract

This article introduces a framework for creating rich augmented environments based on a social web of intelligent things and people. We target outdoor environments, aiming to transform a region into a smart environment that can share its cultural heritage with people, promoting itself and its special qualities. Using the applications developed in the framework, people can interact with things, listen to the stories that these things tell them, and make their own contributions. The things are intelligent in the sense that they aggregate information provided by users and behave in a socially active way. They can autonomously establish social relationships on the basis of their properties and their interaction with users. Hence when a user gets in touch with a thing, she is also introduced to its social network consisting of other things and of users; she can navigate this network to discover and explore the world around the thing itself. Thus the system supports serendipitous navigation in a network of things and people that evolves according to the behavior of users. An innovative interaction model was defined that allows users to interact with objects in a natural, playful way using smartphones without the need for a specially created infrastructure. The framework was instantiated into a suite of applications called WantEat, in which objects from the domain of tourism and gastronomy (such as cheese wheels or bottles of wine) are taken as testimonials of the cultural roots of a region. WantEat includes an application that allows the definition and registration of things, a mobile application that allows users to interact with things, and an application that supports stakeholders in getting feedback about the things that they have registered in the system. WantEat was developed and tested in a real-world context which involved a region and gastronomy-related items from it (such as products, shops, restaurants, and recipes), through an early evaluation with stakeholders and a final evaluation with hundreds of users.
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social web of things; smart objects
Luca Console; Fabrizio Antonelli; Giulia Biamino; Francesca Carmagnola; Federica Cena; Elisa Chiabrando; Vincenzo Cuciti; Matteo Demichelis; Franco Fassio; Fabrizio Franceschi; Roberto Furnari; Cristina Gena; Marina Geymonat; Piercarlo Grimaldi; Pierluigi Grillo; Silvia Likavec; Ilaria Lombardi; Dario Mana; Alessandro Marcengo; Michele Mioli; Mario Mirabelli; Monica Perrero; Claudia Picardi; Federica Protti; Amon Rapp; Rossana Simeoni; Daniele Theseider Dupré; Ilaria Torre; Andrea Toso; Fabio Torta; Fabiana Vernero
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