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

Nowacka, D; Wolf, K; Costanza, E; Kirk, D; (2018) Working with an Autonomous Interface: Exploring the Output Space of an Interactive Desktop Lamp. In: Fernaeus, Y and McMillan, D and Jonsson, M and Girouard, A and Tholander, J, (eds.) TEI '18: Proceedings of the Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. (pp. pp. 1-10). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Working with an Autonomous Interface: Exploring the Output Space of an Interactive Desktop Lamp
Event: Twelfth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '18)
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Dates: 18 March 2018 - 21 March 2018
ISBN-13: 9781450355681
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/3173225.3173227
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1145/3173225.3173227
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Actuated Interfaces; Interactive Desktop Lamp; Autonomous Technology; Qualitative Evaluation.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040093
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