Excited about participation in the Co-Design Roundtable at the Human-Centred Cognitive Assistance Lab of the University of Bremen.

—   http://hcc.uni-bremen.de/codesign2017/roundtable

Just wondered how we approach environmental psychology, visual perception, and design in terms of everyday behaviors of home inhabitants…

Oh, and the roundtable is just part of a larger international initiative that tries to look beyond what we know about cognition and design (http://hcc.uni-bremen.de/codesign2017/)… Surely of interest for many disciplines…

Today we’re releasing Environs version with some bug fixes.

  • Updated: Debug exception handling
  • Added: Limit Mediator max sendqueue items to 6000
  • Updated: Disposal of DeviceBase.UdpListener
  • Fixed: Crash in native layer due to (race condition in) device management list item access through DeviceBase
  • Added: string class to Tracer for debugging

Have a look at the CHANGELOG.md for an exhaustive list of changes.

Environs version has been released with a complete rework of stunt connection establisher in Mediator layer so as to enable concurrent ongoing stunts. As part of this, the mediator protocol changed to V8. Unfortunately, sequential stunts as used in prior protocol versions conflicts with the new concurrent stunt approach. Hence stunt connections for earlier protocol versions are not supported anymore by our public mediator service. (However, feel free to build and use your own mediator server with earlier revisions of Environs if for any reason you still need that functionality).

  • Added: Mediator server use cached decrypt key
  • Added: Mediator layer high priority queue
  • Fixed: Bug in stunt channel establisher
  • Updated: Mediator client layer send thread usage
  • Reworked: Concurrent stunt implementation
  • Fixed: Bug in Mediator layer compress algorithm
  • Updated: Disposal of concurrent stunt sockets
  • Updated: Stunt locks
  • Updated: Code for concurrent stunt in mediator layer

Have a look at the CHANGELOG.md for an exhaustive list of changes.

Up to now, Environs has been made public (hcm-lab.de/environs) and open source (hcm-lab.de/git/environs/environs) and the most important concepts as well as design rationales have been published in the proceedings of the EICS conference in 2014.

Potential usage examples have been presented and discussed, e.g. in the domain of Internet of Things (ITS 2014, Dresden) or collaborative visualization of energy consumptions (INTERACT 2015, Bamberg).

In order to further promote Environs and discuss the applicability of the concepts behind, the Environs framework has been submitted and (fortunately) accepted for discussion in workshops at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference in Madeira, Portugal, 14.th – 18.th November 2015.

–> Interact 2015 conference
–> Cross-Surface: Workshop on Interacting with Multi-Device Ecologies in the Wild
—-> A Framework Towards Challenges and Issues of Multi-Surface Environments
–> Shared Infrastructures for Tangible Tabletops & Interactive Surfaces