BioCrystal: An Ambient Tool for Emotion and Communication

BioCrystal: An Ambient Tool for Emotion and Communication

Asta Roseway (Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA), Yuliya Lutchyn (Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA), Paul Johns (Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA), Elizabeth Mynatt (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA) and Mary Czerwinski (Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/ijmhci.2015070102
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Abstract

In this paper the authors present the BioCrystal – a biofeedback device that uses physiological data to evaluate user's affective states in real-time and signals the states via an ambient display. The authors evaluated the BioCrystal during a 2-week, in situ multi-method study during which ten users collected over 115 hours of usable data. Users' comments suggested high utility of such a biofeedback device for self-awareness, stress-management and interpersonal communication. Quantitative data confirmed that the BioCrystal met the criteria of an ambient display, and significantly improved users' ability to control their stress. The authors discuss practical applications and suggest directions for future development.
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Although there is a growing body of research on affect-sensing, the research on individual mood-monitoring technology is still relatively scarce, and there is even less information on how individuals evaluate and use their affect-sensing devices in real life.

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