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December 1, 2009


As the technology matures from beyond computing laboratories, designers can now look at specifically situated problems and evaluate innovative solutions that weave together technology, place and product with specific intents in specific contexts. The Interactive Media Workshop enables students to explore ubiquitous computing through both theoretical and constructive perspectives. Exploratory and evaluative methods are used to prototype interactive interfaces; while emerging technologies and media are used for the design of different levels of conceptual and developmental prototypes.


An augmented-reality application designed to let users record and share their inspirations and unique points of view of places and events in their environment through video, audio and text.


Current “smart” devices allow users to record video, text and photos and share each of these with friends on their social networks. Augmented reality applications can superimpose layers of digital content on the physical world. The FRAME application leverages these technologies on next generation smart devices to create a dynamic virtual learning environment embedded in the physical world around us.

Proposed User Experience

In the FRAME application, media are organized in a Point of View (POV) — a grouping of user-generated media that share a location and a theme. FRAME makes it easy to capture objects, places and events that inspire you “in the moment,” by allowing continuous recording in audio, video, images and text. After the various media recordings have been captured, the user can create a POV by adding a title, description and keywords. Users can find the location of POVs by searching a map or typing in keywords. Results can be filtered to show all POVs, POVs from users in their network, or the user’s own POVs. FRAME detects virtual tags in the environment and notifies the user of nearby POVs from people in the user’s network.


System wide map of the FRAME application showing the navigation through it’s various components.

Final Results

More details can be found in the final presentation.



Jerad Lavey
Kshitij Sawant
Maurice Chang
Thom Van Der Doef