Communicating objects : developing technology for usable by Pierre-Noel Favennec, Claude Kintzig, Gerard Poulain, Gilles

By Pierre-Noel Favennec, Claude Kintzig, Gerard Poulain, Gilles Privat

Examines the variety of technological services that shrewdpermanent items' mixture of actual interplay, networking, and processing make possible—capabilities whose capability, if allowed to return to fruition, is actually revolutionary.

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Damasio [DAM 94] indicates that the mental representations of objects that humans build consist of perceptive elements acquired during sensitive experiments on these same objects. g. g. the sound of his voice), etc. e. z). The mental representations are also partly made up of linguistic object descriptors [PAI 69] that describe on the one hand the semantic category of the object, and on the other, its particular properties. Most of the sensitive and linguistic elements are redundant, because they are encoded in a double way by the phenomenon of dual coding [PAI 69], [PAI 86].

Interworking: Capacities of initially independent and different systems to being able to function in interaction. Knowledge (of the agent): See Belief. Locutionary act: Act consisting in producing a succession of signs (phonems, graphems, etc), according to a given language grammar. Media: Physical device of interaction. the and bi-directional ones which are most of the time only the combination of mono-directional medias (telephone, PDA, etc). Mediator: Intelligent intermediary able to moderate the actions of the interlocutors, to establish the link between them, etc.

New technologies bring new media of communication. They open a potential new way towards other modalities of interaction with the computer. Thus, to the old (but always useful) keyboards, mice and screens are added voice recognition, gesture recognition, gaze tracking, haptic devices (tactile screens, data gloves etc), natural language generation, graphic and image synthesis, voice synthesis, talking faces, virtual clones (see [BEN 98] and [LEM 01] for a broad range of these systems); it is already possible to convey fragrances on the WWW!

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