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The UHCH (Unified Home Communication Hub) project for IDAT module ISAD223, led by John Forde, was aimed at introducing us to Cognitive theories surrounding HCI (Human Computer Interfaces), and how we might implement a theoretical interface of our own design. I decided to focus upon Voice technologies and convergence of our current communications devices.


“Your task is to put yourself in the shoes of a designer in a leading edge innovation company. You will produce a conceptual design of a solution to an interaction-design problem that you will define. You are free to choose the problem and type of system you design as long as it meets the criteria in this document. At the very least it should be a technical solution to an identified problem.”

“You may use any and all current and (realistically) projected technologies for the design of your system. Your outline design specification should provide an explanation of your chosen hardware and software technologies sufficient to show that you have a good understanding of their characteristics, benefits and limitations.”

“You should submit a 3-4000 word extended essay, with associated imagery, demonstrating your design. This should include background theory, references, design sketches, justification, testing and maintenance implications, conclusion and reflection.”


Following receiving this brief, I decided to develop a modern interface that branches away from error pop-ups and keyboard entry. The document I compiled focuses on the Psychology of using a voice command system to control your communication channels in the house hold. This means taking all the functionality of your land line, Cell/mobile phone, Skype, RSS, Blogs, Comments, Private Messages, Instant Message services. Everything.


The document covers research from MIT and MIT Media Labs, and also references many emerging technologies. I can quite accurately predict the final solution will be nothing like I have sketched, but I can also say with confidence this type of service will be a reality within the next ten years with the rate of technological progression. The final version of the document in .PDF format can be downloaded via the link to the left.

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