Life in the Pocket--The Ambient Life Project: Life-Like Movements in Tactile Ambient

Life in the Pocket--The Ambient Life Project: Life-Like Movements in Tactile Ambient

Fabian Hemmert (Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/jaci.2009040102
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Abstract

The work reported in this article is concerned with the relationship of the user to his mobile phone, especially with the habit of checking the mobile phone for missed events. We present two qualitative studies that have been conducted with mobile phones, symbolizing their status through life-like movements - breath and pulse. It was to be determined whether a continuous, rhythmic and life-like signal would be eligible to ambiently express the phone’s state. The results of the studies were mixed, as some users were simply annoyed by the permanent actuation, while others appreciated the functionality. The response times to occured events seem to be appropriate for an ambient display. The studies raised further questions, regarding the psychological and physiological consequences of such technology.

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