May 04, 2006

Mobile Processing Workshop


Call for Participants

Mobile Processing Workshop: INTERACTIVE APPLICATIONS FOR MOBILE PHONES WITH FRANCIS LI--Lisbon, Portugal, 15 - 19 May 06, Espaço Atmosferas, Rua da Boavista, 67, Lisbon.

The mobile phone has reached a level of adoption that far exceeds that of the personal computer. As a result, they are an emerging platform for new services and applications that have the potential to change the way we live and communicate.

Mobile Processing is an open source project that aims to drive this innovation by increasing the audience of potential designers and developers through a free, open source prototyping tool based on Processing and the open sharing of ideas and information. This workshop will introduce the Mobile Processing project and prototyping tool and provide hands-on instruction and experience with programming custom applications for the mobile phone.


- Introduction to Mobile Processing, phone hardware and development platforms.
- Survey of projects with the phone as both the platform and subject for new forms of interactive applications and electronic art.
- Basic programming and prototyping concepts with 2D graphics and animation.
- Phone input/output handling including keyboard, camera, sound and vibration.
- Internet networking. Parsing and generating XML-formatted data.
- Text messaging and Bluetooth networking.

The workshop will be practical and at the end every participant will develop a personal exercise.


Windows highly recommended, but Mac OS X is acceptable, with built-in or USB Bluetooth adapters recommended. Mobile phones with support for Java and Bluetooth recommended.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops.


20 hours: 5 sessions X 4 h
15 to 19 of May 06 - 18h-22h


Basic programming skills, familiarity with Processing recommended but not required.

About Francis Li: San Francisco, USA, Author of Mobile Processing. He is an interaction designer and software engineer with a passion for working with emerging technologies. In both academia and industry, for both research and production, has participated in the design, development, and evaluation of interactive systems with a focus on user interface design and human-computer interaction. Has a Masters in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Price and Inscriptions: 250 euros

Inscriptions: visit www.atmosferas.net/mobileprocessing/index_en.html

Sponsor: Movensis
Support: www.etic.pt

About Atmosferas, Digital Arts Center: Atmosferas is a digital arts center involved in the production of experimental new media projects. Atmosferas commissions experimental projects, organizes workshops and conferences about current themes on the front line of the creative uses of the new media, created a TV show about electronic arts and promotes an yearly ideas competition.

Atmosferas - Rua da Boavista 102 - 2º,1200-069 Lisbon, Portugal
tel. +351 213213040 info[at]atmosferas.net

Posted by jo at May 4, 2006 12:44 PM