Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies

Cecchinato, Marta, Cox, Anna and Bird, Jon (2017) Always On(line)? User Experience of Smartwatches and their Role within Multi-Device Ecologies. In: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '17. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 3557-3568. ISBN 978-1-4503-4655-9

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Users have access to a growing ecosystem of devices (desk-top, mobile and wearable) that can deliver notifications and help people to stay in contact. Smartwatches are gaining popularity, yet little is known about the user experience and their impact on our increasingly always online culture. We report on a qualitative study with existing users on their everyday use of smartwatches to understand both the added value and the challenges of being constantly connected at the wrist. Our findings show that users see a large benefit in receiving notifications on their wrist, especially in terms of helping manage expectations of availability. Moreover, we find that response rates after viewing a notification on a smartwatch change based on the other devices available: laptops prompt quicker replies than smartphones. Finally, there are still many costs associated with using smartwatch-es, thus we make a series of design recommendations to improve the user experience of smartwatches.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Smartwatches; wearable; autoethnography; context-aware; notifications; user experience; device ecologies; multidevice experience; cross-device interaction
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 08:45
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 21:45

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