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Live@Dublin > delayed@Tampere

By Erika Reponen
SPECIAL ISSUE: TV and Video Entertainment Environments, [Vol. 7, No. 3]

DOI: 10.1145/1594943.1594950

Video has gone extremely mobile, even in real-time. Mobile phones with video capabilities and internet connection played significant roles in causing this outcome. In this video presentation I talk about a study called “Live@Dublin -- Mobile Phone Live Video Group Communication Experiment,” the results of which were presented for the first time at the EuroiTV 2008 Conference in Salzburg. The study was done to better understand the possibilities of live video in the area of everyday group communication. I discuss the Live@Dublin experiment in a video which I recorded in Tampere, Finland. By producing the video in a mobile context, with a portable video camera and via the “alone-at-night method”, I wanted to bring out the most important questions about mobile video communication, so that everyone could also fill in between the lines. There are many possibilities but also many challenges before mobile phone live video becomes really main stream. On the basis of our studies, I discuss roles in video communication and preferences for live or delayed video. I strongly believe that mobile phone live video will become an important communication method in the future because people always carry mobile phones with them and because their use enriches and enhances the context. Physical limitations of time and space are also diminishing in everyday interactions.

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