Calm technologies help us avoid distraction by embedding notifications in our surroundings with peripheral updates. However, users also lose out on the passive awareness that comes from more overt notifications. In our paper, we present an initial study setup on shape changing circuits as notifications. We compare near and far peripheral locations to determine the optimal location for these notifications by assigning a primary task of arithmetic questions, and a secondary task of responding to bend notifications. Our demonstration will show the set-up of our study to encourage discussion on possible applications of shape changing notifications in peripheral locations.

This image shows two figures demonstrating ambient notification prototype.




Ambient Notifications with Shape Changing Circuits in Peripheral Locations

Lee Jones, John McClelland, Phonesavanh Thongsouksanoumane, Audrey Girouard

2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, 2017