Working with an Autonomous Interface: Exploring the Output Space of an Interactive Desktop Lamp

Nowacka, Diana, Wolf, Katrin, Costanza, Enrico and Kirk, David (2018) Working with an Autonomous Interface: Exploring the Output Space of an Interactive Desktop Lamp. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction - TEI '18. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 1-10. ISBN 978-1-4503-5568-1

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Increasing sophistication and ubiquity of digital devices is creating potential for the development of new kinds of actuated interfaces. In this paper, we explore the design space around movement as a form of gestural communication for information output, in simple actuated desktop devices. We were curious as to how people might envision interacting with autonomous technology in the office. Accordingly, we focused our attentions on one prevalent desktop object, an interactive lamp, with three actuated joints, which allowed us to explore the interaction space of such devices. We invited 13 participants to design and enact movements with the lamp to communicate 20 simple messages. We explored a subset of these generated gestures, using the lamp as a personal cueing device in an office setting with 14 new participants. We present our qualitative findings from both studies that let users imagine the usage of an interactive desktop lamp through actuation.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Actuated Interfaces; Interactive Desktop Lamp; Autonomous Technology; Qualitative Evaluation
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2018 15:40
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 08:15

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