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Interactive Environments by Mind Map: Interactive Environments
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Interactive Environments

Type of participants

Human to human

Human to computer

Computer to computer



Most of the electronic devices require interaction. Mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, TV sets etc.


Teletext systems in older TVs.


Telephone, video-conferencing systems


The controls of a motorcycle. Controlling a mechanical computer (not anymore)


LCD touchscreens  

Result of interaction


Machinery handling Feedback resulted in interaction might shape the behaviour of the machine and/or operator.


Wii-Fit The fitness programme on Wii really changes the way people see physical exercising.

Creation of information

Forums The more active, the more useful information is created there. However, they lack formal organization Wikis Wikis are more organized forms of creating information through iterative interactions on texts. However, they might or might not be part of a clear hierarchy (most use folksonomies)


Dialogue The simplest of dialogues may impact on the emotions of the involved parties

Exchange of information

Instant messaging A series of short messages, be it one-to-one or many-to-many (chatrooms), these are an easy way of exchanging information.



Second Life Interacting with other people that do not exist in the form they are perceived.  


Type of use


Games Think Wii (interacting with a HAPTIC device). Think Lineage or Second Life (interacting with other people)


Windows. Mac OS X. Microsoft Word. Your laptop. Your Blackberry.


The whole EMIM idea would not exist without Internet, computers. At least not in this form.


Collaborative work through the internet. There were a series of interesting Photoshop fights, where two people would work consecutively on the same design. Creative Commons license would not have been born without the needs raised by interacting on the same piece of art (text, sound, visual)


Why do we use Yahoo Messenger or sign up on Hi5 or MySpace?

Number of participants


Dialogues Two people in a conversation


Press conference The main speaker transmits information, answers to the questions which raise new questions and related answers


The Apprentice Donald Trump's TV show might be a good example. (Since interaction involves at least two participants, we may say that one-to-many might be the same as many-to-one. However, there is a difference between them--the initiator.


Round tables Starting with Camelot knights, this is a symbol of free-speech and many-to-many interaction.


Online communities Easier to observe than real-life communities, these start from interacting through creation of content and later on may add tools and processes that diversify the interaction and optimize its result.

Ease of use


TV menus You don't have to learn it. Unless it's a Bang Olufsen, you pick up the remote and start zapping for that soccer match.


ERP systems There are lots of things to learn when using these applications--from the meaning of icons to the processes of interacting with the applications.

Type of interaction


Ubiquitous (omnipresent)



Chatting or talking on the phone


Browsing on a slow Internet connection. SMS-ing



Replying to a call on your mobile phone. Steering the wheel of the car when you see a hole in the road


Searching things on the Internet (using Google, of course).


Working your way through an automated call response system using a predefined series of steps (ex. call your phone operator support).


Mechanical machines

The abacus One of the first calculators, it helped with maths. Jean Jaquard A French inventor, he created a series of slotted cards which were then used with mechanical music machines.


Fire telegraph Before Morse invented the telegraph, people were signalling invasions through fires lit on the top of distant mountains (yes, the scene from Lord of the Rings is based on real history)


Bell's merit

Personal computer

It is still unclear which was the first real personal computer--the first PC from IBM, or Apple II from Apple. Who cares?


Based on ARPANET and a network initially meant for military and some universities. Would you imagine life now without it?

Mobile phones

One of the first big steps towards wearable devices. Again, something you would rather have.