2012 Jan-Jul at Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto
Only designer for the entire project
My role: Concept development, Wireframe, Front-end coding using jQuery mobile, HTML5&CSS, Visual Design

HTML5 web based in-car infotainment applications running both on mobile device and car console through MirrorLink technology.

BACKGROUND

In today’s highly connected world, people want to continuously experience their connected lifestyle inside car. MirrorLink™ technology enables this by offering seamless connectivity between a smartphone and the car infotainment system. Besides developing this technology, Nokia Research Team has developed a series of web based applications in automobile context that leverage both smartphone and car sensors to meet people’s increasing demands for connectivity and entertainment. While current in-car applications are generally limited to minimal features such as hands-free calls, music streaming, and GPS navigation, our team explored and developed more unique set of applications to enrich in-car experience while ensuring driver safety.

CarTREK

Have you ever wondered whether your car’s MPG level is going up or down on daily or monthly basis? Do you know how much gas you are using every week or month? Can’t remeber where you parked your car? CarTREK helps people answer these questions with minimal effort by getting car sensor data from OBD-II (On-board diagnostic) device. 

AT THE REDS

Team Members:Alison Lee(Team Lead), Ville Karailla(Javascript-based OBD API development), Jason Gao(Intern, Front-End, Back-End)

Stopping and waiting for the red traffic lights is not a fun experience. How can we transform this passive and sometimes irritating time into a more exciting and anticipated one? AT THE REDS is an exploration to answer this question. It delivers momentary bursts of content for consumption(Facebook updates, Trending News, etc) or simple interaction while car is stopped. Stops are detected with an OBD II dongle streaming live vehicle data and sonar sensor data tracking the distance of other vehicles ahead. The app is tailored for in-vehicle use, and leverages new web technologies, such as HTML5, CSS3, Web Audio API, and Offline Web Applications.

JUKEBOX

Team Members:Alison Lee(Team Lead),JD Yim(Initial Concept Developer, System Architect), Joungsik Lee(System Architect, Back-End), Jason Krusak (Front-End)

When we carpool, what we share is not just time, scenery, a car, or a drive. We share a myriad of things, big and small events in our lives, mint gum in our bags, and quite often the music on our mobile devices. The easiest way of sharing music is to play it directly from the device, but the sound quality is not as good as car speakers. Antoher ways are plugging in and out, pairng and unpairing different mobile devices, or copying and deleting music to a single device. Could there be a simple, hassle-free experience where the car tablet app orchestrates and streams the music fromthe source device? Jukebox is an application that helps driver and passenger(collocated users) easily create virtual music playlists while they are on the move inside the same car. Stop plugging in and out, or pairing and unpairing different phones to enjoy music stored in different devices. With our JUKEBOX, users can play their music stored in the phone local storage over car speakers by simply registering the music to the car console embedded with web server. The console creates a centralized playlist with these registered music and it gets played through car speakers via A2DP Bluetooth streaming. By using streaming instead of the music file sharing, we avoided the ownership and slow performance issues.