Mini-Orb : A personal indoor climate preference feedback interface

Rittenbruch, Markus, Donovan, Jared, & Santo, Yasu (2015) Mini-Orb : A personal indoor climate preference feedback interface. In Abascal, Julio, Barbosa, Simone, Fetter, Mirko, Gross, Tom, Palanque, Philippe, & Winckler, Marco (Eds.) Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings, Part II [Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 9297], Springer, Bamberg, Germany, pp. 134-149.

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Abstract

The control of environmental factors in open-office environments, such as lighting and temperature is becoming increasingly automated. This development means that office inhabitants are losing the ability to manually adjust environmental conditions according to their needs. In this paper we describe the design, use and evaluation of MiniOrb, a system that employs ambient and tangible interaction mechanisms to allow inhabitants of office environments to maintain awareness of environmental factors, report on their own subjectively perceived office comfort levels and see how these compare to group average preferences. The system is complemented by a mobile application, which enables users to see and set the same sensor values and preferences, but using a screen-based interface. We give an account of the system’s design and outline the results of an in-situ trial and user study. Our results show that devices that combine ambient and tangible interaction approaches are well suited to the task of recording indoor climate preferences and afford a rich set of possible interactions that can complement those enabled by more conventional screen-based interfaces.

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ID Code: 83097
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Ambient interface, Peripheral awareness, Individual Control, Indoor Climate, Tangible interaction
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-22668-2_12
ISBN: 978-3-319-22667-5
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING (080500) > Ubiquitous Computing (080504)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
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