Arm-worn device for service technicians

the abb mobile service technician is a project led Daniel fallman.

Based on the findings of an ethnographic study at two vehicle manufacturing companies, we have designed and implemented computer support system for service technicians. The system is arm-worn as opposed to traditionally handheld. It allows the user to interact with the physical environment by pointing as well as it lets the user one-hand navigation of the graphical user interface by tilt.

The research goals of this project are to explore novel interaction styles, pointing and tilting, for mobile human-computer interaction applied in a specific work environment.

More about it here (.pdf)

Why do I blog this? I am often intrigued by whether such arm-worn devices are really used and how. I tend to think that it's easier in specific contexts like manufacturing workers, for which there are normative behavior and procedures.