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Just a handful of links have come round recently! Hopefully that’s not because everyone is a little shy about them going on the blog…

Jim sent this link around that followed on from Ben’s talk on looking at what new programmers struggle with. It’s an article on Ars Technica, that asks if maybe not everyone is cut out to be a programmer?

Ben suggested that some of us might like to look at the UMAP 2013 Doctoral Consortium. UMAP is the international conference on User Modelling, Adaptation, and Personalization, and next year it is in Rome in June.

Ellie sent round a couple of really rather long links on gestures, with the following description:

The blogger (Dan Hill) has started out by mapping gestures he’s noticed have become common in conjunction with technology – e.g. the “Wake-up waggle” – shaking the mouse to wake the screen. It’s quite a long article but I thought it was an interesting set of observations.

Then he’s recently found a 1963 book on Italian gestures, called a “Supplement to the Italian dictionary”. I like the way the gestures are captured in both cases, and it’s something that I would forget to observe in participants I think. (This one has more pictures than text, I promise!)

Lesley sent a link to a project from the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) on technoprogressive solutions in Africa.

Edgar sent us a video about the Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead.

And finally Ellie sent another couple of links:

The first is about some research a 12-year-old did (with some prompting from his psychologist dad). He managed to show that people look for eyes on creatures, rather than just at the middle of faces, which actually follows on from shared attention by following where someone is looking.

The second is about something the (slightly controversial?) One Laptop Per Child project have tried. They left a box of laptops with no instructions in an Ethiopian village, and in the course of the next 5 months the kids of the village learnt how to use them, some English (reading and spoken I think), and how to hack the laptop permissions settings. I think the software they left installed on them for teaching English sounds intriguing, and like I ought to read Neil Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age”!


This is the start of what will hopefully become a new series on the blog, where we keep track of the links that have been flying around on the HCT mailing list. It is after all easier to search a blog than an email inbox! So with no further ado, we present this week’s links:

First up, from Michelle: Special Issue of Simulation & Gaming journal, on engagement, simulation/gaming and learning

Could be relevant for a few of the lab members.

One from Lesley: Interactive Technologies and Games Conference 2012 – Call for papers

A small, friendly conference looking at the latest interactive technologies. Well worth a look (and quite possibly a submission).

Another from Lesley: Foundations of Digital Games 2013 – Second call for papers

“The goal of the conference is the advancement of the study of digital games, including new game technologies, capabilities, designs, applications, educational uses, and modes of play.” – again, could be relevant to a few lab members. (The fact that it’s in Crete is neither here nor there, obviously…)

Lesley actually sent a batch of links around mid-week, so this is her commentary on them:

What a great behaviour modification tool for kids…… I was thinking that something like this might be very motivating for kids with aspergers if you related it to their emotional behaviour / communication goals rather than to physical movement……

and interesting apps for quantified self / wellbeing too…

The Digital Doctor is in … your phone

Video game makers join forces with medical experts to design apps for improved well-being

economics of video games

david deutsch on AI



cosmo the hacker

public lecture on mutimodality and learning

UX Brighton Nov 2nd  Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd annual UX Brighton conference, to be held on 2nd November 2012. This year’s theme is Past &  Future Interactions – a mix of practical and theoretical, commercial and academic talks from a range of speakers including Alex Wright of the New York Times, Mike Kuniavsky of Adaptave Path and ThinkM and Sri Subramanian of Bristol Interactions and Graphics. ”

Katy sent along this link to a really interesting project from Brighton University:

It uses RFID tags on objects that have meaning for a person with dementia to trigger music that links to a person or memory. A really nice use of tangibles.

And finally, this is one Ellie didn’t actually send round to everyone, but seems an appropriate reminder that feedback/criticism can be painful (warning, contains swearing):