We sought out to find a better way of effective task management when a progress bar interrupts user’s primary activity. We propose to augment progress bars with user controlled functionalities facilitating the switch to temporary activities. We detail a taxonomy of waiting period contexts and possible temporary tasks, then report on 5 participatory design, and a follow-up survey of 96 respondents. Finally we describe an early prototype of active progress bars, and report on initial use.
Active ProgressBar: Easing the Switch to Temporary Activities
AVI: International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, 2012
Active Progress Bar: Aiding the switch to temporary activities
BSC HCI: British Human Computer Interaction Conference, 2012
Active Progress Bars: Facilitating the Switch to Temporary Activities
CHI EA: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts, 2011