IoT communicator: A physical interface for expressing situational info of an IoT system

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Abstract

The Internet of Things and smart products are becoming ubiquitous in people's everyday lives. However, they rarely provide situational information to facilitate direct interactions. Users often need to check mobile devices to know the system's status. To improve user experience, we developed a communicator component that could be attached to any IoT devices. It consists of a low-cost LED and speaker. We applied Disney's animation principles to design light behaviors and musical soundscapes to convey meaningful messages. The result of our user study showed that when only the lights were provided, most users could explain the system's intention correctly. With the acoustic accompaniments, participants could better perceive the presence of devices. In this adjunct paper, we summarize our research and describe the demonstration settings for the conference. The details of the study could be found in the full paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages369-372
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020

Conference

Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020
CountryNetherlands
CityEindhoven
Period6/07/2010/07/20

Keywords

  • Direct interaction
  • Expressivity
  • Internet of things
  • Semantic expressiveness
  • Situation awareness

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    Chuang, Y. (2020). IoT communicator: A physical interface for expressing situational info of an IoT system. In DIS 2020 Companion - Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (pp. 369-372). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3393914.3397096