Robot football teams, electronic dancing dogs and tag game with
a city as its arena. All this and much more will be featured at
the second International Conference on Appliance Design (2AD) hosted
and co-sponsored again by HP Labs Bristol (UK).
Delegates from leading academic and industrial research groups around the world can take their pick of project demonstrations, seminars, lectures and tutorials over three days from May 11 to 13. Subjects range from creating digital mediascapes and design for everyday life, to the intelligent street and intelligent textiles.
Featured projects involving HP Labs include energy-saving designs for computing devices, the city-wide electronic tagging game and an audio-photodesk to link pictures and memories with sound.
The aim of the conference is to create a dialogue between people
working in such disciplines as product and industrial design, information
design, interaction design, technology innovation and research
in human-centerd studies to increase knowledge in an industry where
users will increasingly demand products that fit into their daily
The aim of the conference is to create a dialogue between disciplines including product and industrial design, information design, interaction design, technology innovation and research in human-centred studies to increase knowledge in an industry where users will increasingly demand products that fit into their daily lifestyles.
HP Labs Technology & Lifestyle Integration research group is investigating
many aspects of design, mobility, user studies and related fields.
The group brings together and combines the expertise technologists,
designers, social scientists and artists.
"Understanding appliance design is vital for an IT company
such as HP and is at the heart of what our research group in HP
Labs Bristol is investigating," said Erik Geelhoed, one of the
HP Labs research team taking part in 2AD. "This conference
is a great opportunity for everyone involved in the field -- academic
and industrial -- to exchange ideas and learn new ways of creating
excellent experiences for the ultimate users of this technology,
And the robot football? This is an international knock-out competition
for robotic teams from several countries. The robots, which resemble
upright vacuum cleaners, all "understand" their role in their teams
and will play to win on a pitch thatís been cleared for them inside
HP Labs. Using artificial intelligence and advanced vision systems
the robots can pass, dribble and shoot. (See http://www.appliancedesign.org/2ad/football.mpeg
The organizers will have to hope their machines donít tangle with
the AIBO electronic dogs, which can also play football and demonstrate
the fine art of synchronized dancing.