The location experience lab is a new research lab run by Associate Professor Louise Barkhuus at Stockholm University, focusing on human experiences with location technologies. We look at technology facilitated theatrical and performance experiences, social media experiences and place making experiences through the eyes of newcomers. The experiences are central to the research but we utilize location-based services and technologies to make these experiences possible and to provide building blocks to our framework of technology development guidelines.

Location technologies have escalated in prevalence recently, due to easy location detection on mobile smart phones. Only a subset of possible applications and experiences have been commercialized and many opportunities for experimental experiences using location technologies remain untapped. In our lab we aim to push location-technologies to new and novel use and study the experiences and perceptions of spectators and users. We currently have a number of projects that we are working on, and several more in the making.

Do you want to join the LX lab? We will soon be hiring a PhD student, see opportunities for more information.

Privacy issues of friend-focused location sharing

Location-sharing among known people has been possible through commercial applications on mobile phones for several years, yet few people take advantages of this and the concept is often rejected as privacy invasive and unnecessary. But with a majority of people using smart phones as their personal device, it is an option that has been under-explored so far. This project explores settings of close friends sharing location and place amongst themselves to find the specific circumstances of usefulness and the contrasting breaking down of privacy norms. The project is in its initial phase. People involved: Emily Schildt, Martin Leinfors, Louise Barkhuus (advisor).

Secondary small screen interaction with live events

This project explores interaction using individual video streams of the content parallel to a live experience. Our research so far focusses on live music and dance performances, where the audience had the opportunity to follow the show on their own tablet, with live video, able to zoom and pan around. Our goal is to determine the feasibility of such scenario and explore audience actual interactions with secondary views of live performances. People involved: Louise Barkhuus, Arvid Engstrom, Goranka Zoric. The study will be presented at CHI 2014 as a full paper.

See the projects page for more projects.

LX Lab, Stockholm University, 100 Forum, Kista 144 64, Sweden. Contact: barkhuus@dsv.su.se