e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Enabling New Interaction Forms and Applications through Next Generation Mobile Platforms for Urban and Rural Africa

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        author={Kasper Jensen and Gary Marsden},
        title={Enabling New Interaction Forms and Applications through Next Generation Mobile Platforms for Urban and Rural Africa},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={HCI4D ICT4D mobile context-aware sensor-based interaction NUI},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_25}
    }
    
  • Kasper Jensen
    Gary Marsden
    Year: 2012
    Enabling New Interaction Forms and Applications through Next Generation Mobile Platforms for Urban and Rural Africa
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_25
Kasper Jensen1,*, Gary Marsden2,*
  • 1: Polytechnic of Namibia
  • 2: University of Cape Town
*Contact email: leafcastle@acm.org, gaz@acm.org

Abstract

Mobile phones constitute the most ubiquitous computing platform across Africa and in many rural areas it is the only computer available. Through rapid technological development a new wave of “low-end smartphones” are becoming available and affordable, and in this work we investigate how to use the new features of these devices to enable more natural interaction forms that lower the technical and knowledge threshold for people to access and use mobile ICT solutions in urban and rural African contexts. Specifically we investigate how new sensor-based interactions can be designed for mobile applications and how to implement a software platform for facilitating the development of such applications.