A Wrist-Worn Thermohaptic Device for Graceful Interruption

Frank Bolton, Shahram Jalaliniya, Thomas Pederson

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    Thermal haptics is a potential system output modality for wearable devices that promises to function at the periphery of human attention. When adequately combined with existing attention-governing mechanisms of the human mind, it could be used for interrupting the human agent at a time when the negative influence on the ongoing activity is minimal. In this article we present our self-mitigated interruption concept (essentially a symbiosis of artificial external stimuli tuned to existing human attention management mechanisms) and perform a pilot study laying the ground for using a wrist-worn thermohaptic actuator for self-mitigating interruption. We then develop a prototype and perform an insightful pilot study.
    We frame our empirical thermohaptic experimental work in terms of Peripheral Interaction concepts and show how this new approach to Human-Computer Interaction relates to the Context-Aware-systems-inspired approach “Egocentric Interaction” aimed at supporting the design of envisioned Wearable Personal Assistants intended to, among other things, help human perception and cognition with the management of interruptions.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInteraction Design & Architecture(s)
    Pages (from-to)39-54
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2015


    • thermal haptics
    • peripheral interaction
    • notification
    • interruption


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