Tempera-tour, hot apps, cool widgets: thermal feedback for mobile devices

Graham Wilson, Stephen Brewster, Martin Halvey, Stephen Hughes

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Abstract

Thermal stimulation is a rich, emotive and salient feedback channel that is suitable for mobile HCI. It can act as an alternative non-visual notification channel for mobile situations that are too bumpy or noisy for vibrotactile and audio feedback. It can augment both visual and non-visual feedback to add an extra richness to the interaction experience. In addition, thermal output is entirely private, so it is suitable for quiet environments or when secrecy is important. This demonstration will consist of some example applications which highlight a variety of uses. We show an application titled "Tempera-tour", where environmental temperatures from around the world can be felt. We also show thermal augmentation of visual and audio media as a means of influencing hedonic experience. Finally we show simple thermal widgets, such as a thermal progress bar, ambient notifications and thermal availability information. This demo accompanies the paper "Thermal Icons: Evaluating Structured Thermal Feedback for Mobile Interaction".
Original languageEnglish
Pages211-212
Number of pages2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2012
Event14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 21 Sep 2012 → …

Conference

Conference14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services
Abbreviated titleMobileHCI 2012
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period21/09/12 → …

Keywords

  • thermal output
  • mobile devices
  • thermal augmentation

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    Wilson, G., Brewster, S., Halvey, M., & Hughes, S. (2012). Tempera-tour, hot apps, cool widgets: thermal feedback for mobile devices. 211-212. Poster session presented at 14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, San Francisco, United States. https://doi.org/10.1145/2371664.2371713