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Internet of Things of Trees - Conversational objects via SMS protocols
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    de Jode M, Lovett L, Hay D, Hudson-Smith A, Milton R, Fraser L
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    Living in the Internet of Things (IoT 2019) - CP756
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    Living in the Internet of Things (IoT 2019)
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    London, UK
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© 2019 Institution of Engineering and Technology. All rights reserved. The paper describes a 'work in progress' to develop a system to enable users to engage with the historical and environmental story behind veteran trees in Hampstead Heath in the spirit of the Internet of Things. Unlike other 'Internet of Trees' projects, this study focuses on story telling rather than sensor networks. Building on previous work, conversational agents ('chatbots') are used as proxies for the trees to enable a two-way narrative exchange between the user and the 'tree'. Two interaction pathways are proposed (direct SMS and web-based geofencing) and the technical development of both approaches is described, as well as ethnographic studies undertaken on Hampstead Heath to elicit engaging content for the chatbot. An initial deployment of the SMS-based interaction at Tate Exchange, a project space within Tate Modern, London is discussed and a preliminary evaluation presented.
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