Paper StreetView

 A tangible map-based interface to Street View panoramas with Tommy Dykes.
img_8563Produced in collaboration with design researcher Tommy Dykes’s as part of his PhD research into using digital artefacts to supporting a ‘sense of home’ for individuals with Dementia in care homes. Paper Street View allows access to the Google Street View panoramas without the complexity of a typical computer interface.
Paper street view presents the user with a turned brass marker and brass and leather compass, sat atop a printed traditional map and a street scene projected on the wall behind. Moving the marker over the map retrieves street scenes for that location from Google Street View and updates the projection, whilst the compass controls the direction of view in the panorama shown. Thus providing a very intuitive means of accessing this wonderful dataset, and hopefully enriching the carehome environment.
Through various iteration Tommy produced the physical mechanisms, a pair of bobbins and threads sensing the position of the marker and .NET gadgeteer and XBee electronics feeding this to a controlling PC. My main contribution was the back end of the code, wrapping the Google Maps javascript API into a windows forms C# element Tommy was most familiar with.

Press

Wired.com
North Neurological Alliance

Academic Publications:

Dykes, T., Wallace, J., Blythe, M. & Thomas, J. (2016) Paper Street View. In: Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems – DIS ’16. ACM, pp. 334-346. ISBN 978-1-4503-4031-1

Dykes, T., Blythe, M., Wallace, J., Thomas, J.and Regan, T. (2016) RtD Comics: A Medium for Representing Research Through Design. In: Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2016), 4-8 June 2016, Brisbane.