Thermal icons: evaluating structured thermal feedback for mobile interaction

Graham Wilson, Stephen Brewster, Martin Halvey, Stephen Hughes

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Abstract

This paper expands the repertoire of non-visual feedback for mobile interaction, established through Earcons and Tactons, by designing structured thermal cues for conveying information. Research into the use of thermal feedback for HCI has not looked beyond basic 'yes-no' detection of stimuli to the unique identification of those stimuli. We first designed thermal icons that varied along two parameters to convey two pieces of information. We also designed intramodal tactile icons, combining one thermal and one vibrotactile parameter, to test perception of different tactile cues and so evaluate the possibility of augmenting vibrotactile displays with thermal feedback. Thermal icons were identified with 82.8% accuracy, while intramodal icons had 96.9% accuracy, suggesting thermal icons are a viable means of conveying information in mobile HCI, for when audio and/or vibrotactile feedback is not suitable or desired.

Conference

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

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Keywords

  • mobile interactions
  • mobile devices
  • thermal feedback

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Wilson, G., Brewster, S., Halvey, M., & Hughes, S. (2012). Thermal icons: evaluating structured thermal feedback for mobile interaction. 309-312. Paper presented at 14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, San Francisco, United States. https://doi.org/10.1145/2371574.2371621
Wilson, Graham ; Brewster, Stephen ; Halvey, Martin ; Hughes, Stephen . / Thermal icons : evaluating structured thermal feedback for mobile interaction. Paper presented at 14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, San Francisco, United States.4 p.
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Wilson, G, Brewster, S, Halvey, M & Hughes, S 2012, 'Thermal icons: evaluating structured thermal feedback for mobile interaction' Paper presented at 14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, San Francisco, United States, 21/09/12, pp. 309-312. https://doi.org/10.1145/2371574.2371621

Thermal icons : evaluating structured thermal feedback for mobile interaction. / Wilson, Graham; Brewster, Stephen; Halvey, Martin; Hughes, Stephen .

2012. 309-312 Paper presented at 14th international conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, San Francisco, United States.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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