Place-Its: A Study of Location-Based Reminders on Mobile Phones

Timothy Sohn, Kevin A. Li, Gunny Lee, Ian Smith, James Scott, and William G. Griswold

Abstract

Context-awareness can improve the usefulness of automated reminders. However, context-aware reminder applications have yet to be evaluated throughout a person’s daily life. Mobile phones provide a potentially convenient and truly ubiquitous platform for the detection of personal context such as location, as well as the delivery of reminders. We designed Place-Its, a location-based reminder application that runs on mobile phones, to study people using location-aware reminders throughout their daily lives. We describe the design of Place-Its and a two-week exploratory user study. The study reveals that

location-based reminders are useful, in large part because people use location in nuanced ways.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2005)
PublisherSpringer Verlag
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