Candid interaction: revealing hidden mobile and wearable computing activities

Barrett Ens, Tovi Grossman, Fraser Anderson, Justin Matejka, George Fitzmaurice

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The growth of mobile and wearable technologies has made it often difficult to understand what people in our surroundings are doing with their technology. In this paper, we introduce the concept of candid interaction: techniques for providing awareness about our mobile and wearable device usage to others in the vicinity. We motivate and ground this exploration through a survey on current attitudes toward device usage during interpersonal encounters. We then explore a design space for candid interaction through seven prototypes that leverage a wide range of technological enhancements, such as Augmented Reality, shape memory muscle wire, and wearable projection. Preliminary user feedback of our prototypes highlights the trade-offs between the benefits of sharing device activity and the need to protect user privacy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUIST'15 - Proceedings of the 28th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationNovember 8-11, 2015 Charlotte, NC, USA
EditorsBjoern Hartmann, Tovi Grossman
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450337793
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2015 - Charlotte, United States of America
Duration: 8 Nov 201511 Nov 2015
Conference number: 28th (Main Proceedings) (Adjunct Proceedings)


ConferenceACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2015
Abbreviated titleUIST 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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