living with robots and interactive companions
- robotic consumer products turned into pets with costumes
- how to program?
- physical language design -- controlling a robot by putting things on it so that the controllers are visible on the object and there is a close connection between the physical appearance of the object and the perceivable action of the object
- [relies on shared understanding of accessories as signifiers]
- use for debugging?
move it to mobile phones
- but HOW?
- physically connect something to a phone is hard
-- RFID isn't available to many people
-- infrared -- phones don't have infrared these days
-- cameras -- what if the phone can't see it?
-- touch/conductive stamps -- but how will it stay on?
-- USB -- but then you need special connections for each phone
-- modifying hardware is just not desirable
- but all phones have a microphone!
-- it's prevalent, cheap, and sound is human-readable (unlike RFIDs)
-- use something that is used to tune musical instruments, so sound could work as ID
-- so the object makes a sound, the sound is identified by the phone, and the software is updated
-- is this realistic? it feels a little unrealistic, but the problem of audio ID is a better one
-- something continuously listening on the phone? that's not realistic.
-- do you have to start special software? so what's the point then.
-- listen only at special times?
-- Ed suggests: maybe using the headphone jack as a connector