Com-Me Toolkit

The Community-Generated Media project led to a number of outputs, including academic publications and a freely available open source toolkit: Com-Me.

The Com-Me toolkit is a collection of hardware and software components for content creation and sharing in locations around the globe where there is low textual and computing literacy and limited power and network coverage.

Com-Me includes two hardware and two software components, with source code and hardware plans included. All the core components, and extensions to the base toolkit, can be downloaded from the toolkit website.


  1. S. Robinson, D. Frohlich, K. Eglinton, M. Jones, J. Marshall, A. Stringer, K. Langhein, “Com-Me: Community Media Toolkit” In Digital Futures 2012 demos, Aberdeen, October 2012. Download paper.
  2. D. Frohlich, S. Robinson, K. Eglinton, M. Jones, E. Vartiainen, “Creative Cameraphone Use in Rural Developing Regions” In Proceedings of MobileHCI 2012 (pages 181–190), San Francisco, September 2012. Download paper.
  3. S. Robinson, E. Vartiainen, M. Jones, G. Marsden, “PicoTales: Collaborative Authoring of Animated Stories using Handheld Projectors” In Proceedings of CSCW 2012 (pages 671–680), Seattle, February 2012. Download paper.
  4. M. L. Wilson, D. Craggs, S. Robinson, M. Jones, K. Brimble, “Pico-ing into the Future of Mobile Projection and Contexts” Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 16(1):39–52, 2012. Download paper.
  5. N. Bidwell, M. Lalmas, G. Marsden, B. Dlutu, M. Jones, W. Tucker, E. Vartiainen, I. Klampanos, S. Robinson, “Callback & Social Media Sharing in Rural Africa” Technical Report, November 2011. Download paper.
  6. N. Bidwell, M. Lalmas, G. Marsden, B. Dlutu, S. Ntlangano, A. Manjingolo, W. Tucker, M. Jones, S. Robinson, E. Vartiainen, I. Klampanos, “Designing for ‘Callback’ in Rural Africa” In Proceedings of IWIPS 2011 (pages 117–138), Kuching, July 2011. Download paper.
  7. S. Robinson, N. Rajput, M. Jones, A. Jain, S. Sahay, A. Nanavati, “TapBack: Towards Richer Mobile Interfaces in Impoverished Contexts” In Proceedings of CHI 2011 (pages 2733–2736), Vancouver, May 2011. Download paper.
  8. S. Robinson, E. Vartiainen, M. Jones, G. Marsden, “Impromptu Collaborative Projection for Storytelling” In MP2 2011: Workshop on Mobile and Personal Projection, Vancouver, May 2011. Download paper.