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The Friend Locator: Supporting Visitors at Large-scale Events
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2006 (English)In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, ISSN 1617-4909 (Print) 1617-4917 (Online), Vol. 10, no 2-3, 84-89 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to festival visitors, the best way to experience a music festival is to be together with friends. However, when at a crowded festival, visitors tend to lose each other especially when a lot of people are in motion. This paper reports upon findings made in an ethnographic field study that was carried out during Sweden's largest music event, the Hultsfred Rock Festival. The study was part of an international research and development project, called the Wireless Festival, which focuses on solutions for large-scale events. The aim of our study was to determine who the typical visitor to the festival was, identify what was important for festival visitors and finally to observe the visitors use of mobile phones. Our findings imply the festival visitors' need for a friend locator appliance. An early design solution for such appliance is discussed in relation to the findings made.

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Springer London , 2006. Vol. 10, no 2-3, 84-89 p.
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ethnography, ubiquitous computing, mobile service, interactional issues, festival
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Human Aspects of ICT
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-8314DOI: 10.1007/s00779-005-0005-zISI: 000246339100006Local ID: diva2:836021
Available from: 2012-09-18 Created: 2008-12-08 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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