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January 31, 2008

Situated interaction with ambient information: Facilitating awareness and communication in ubiquitous work environments

Situated interaction with ambient information: Facilitating awareness and communication in ubiquitous work environments

This article primarily describes some first steps in creating ambient displays to facilitate awareness in work environments. Although the authors do not evaluate their work they do talk about some of the issues one encounters when building displays. Describing 3 zones of interaction:

* Ambient Zone
* Notification Zone
* Interactive Zone

They describe a process of the display "borrowing a display", the idea that other devices or people might want to borrow room on a display.

Streitz, N., Röcker, C., Prante, T., Stenzel, R., & Alphen, D. Situated interaction with ambient information: Facilitating awareness and communication in ubiquitous work environments, in Human-Centred Computing: Cognitive, Social, and Ergonomic Aspects. Lawrence Erlbaum. p. 133--137.

All in all this paper isn't all that great, other authors talk about zones of interaction -- though it is interesting to think about the difference between the information that can be transmitted using LEDs and large displays. The 'Bandwidth' of the display medium, if you will.


There is a much better follow up article to this at:


N. A. Streitz, Th. Prante, C. Röcker, D. van Alphen, C. Magerkurth, R. Stenzel, D. A. Plewe
Ambient Displays and Mobile Devices for the Creation of Social Architectural Spaces: Supporting informal communication and social awareness in organizations.
In: K. O’Hara, M. Perry, E. Churchill, D. Russell (Ed.): Public and Situated Displays: Social and Interactional Aspects of Shared Display Technologies, Kluwer Publishers, 2003. pp. 387-409

http://ipsi.fraunhofer.de/ambiente/paper/2003/norbertfinal-24.7.03_nas.pdf

But, the take-aways are about the same.

Posted by bcx at January 31, 2008 04:29 PM

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