Like the PDA - Digital Library project, this project is about accessing the web on mobile devices. This started as an idea of Matt Jones' wherein he was interested in the pace of interaction. So, just because you could search for a topic at a given time, doesn't mean that you should - e.g. sitting in a lecture you might think of something that you want to search for, but want to perform the search later. In Africa, with unreliable networks, you have the same requirement to store a search request that will be performed later.
We build a system, put it on some PDAs and gave it to some students to trial over a long period. They raved about it, but we didn't get any more funding to continue with the idea.
Matt Jones, Richard Schroder
Jones, M., Buchanan, G., Jain, P. & Marsden, G. (2003) "From sit-forward to Lean-Back: Using a Mobile Device to Vary the Pace of Interactive Experience", Proceedings Mobile-HCI 2003, Pisa. Springer-Verlag Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2795/2003, pp 390-394.(PDF 482k)
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