SensaBubble: a chrono-sensory mid-air display of sight and smell

Sue Ann Seah, Diego Martinez Plasencia, Peter Bennett, Abhijit Karnik, Vlad Otrocol, Jarrod Knibbe, Andy Cockburn, Sriram Subramanian

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Abstract

We present SensaBubble, a chrono-sensory mid-air display system that generates scented bubbles to deliver information to the user via a number of sensory modalities. The system reliably produces single bubbles of specific sizes along a directed path. Each bubble produced by SensaBubble is filled with fog containing a scent relevant to the notification. The chrono-sensory aspect of SensaBubble means that information is presented both temporally and multimodally. Temporal information is enabled through two forms of persistence: Firstly, a visual display projected onto the bubble which only endures until it bursts; secondly, a scent released upon the bursting of the bubble slowly disperses and leaves a longer-lasting perceptible trace of the event. We report details of SensaBubble's design and implementation, as well as results of technical and user evaluations. We then discuss and demonstrate how SensaBubble can be adapted for use in a wide range of application contexts- from an ambient peripheral display for persistent alerts, to an engaging display for gaming or education.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2014 - One of a CHind
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings - Toronto, Canada, April 26 - May 1, 2014 - The 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
EditorsAlbrecht Schmidt, Tovi Grossman
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages2863-2872
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450324731
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014 - Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada
Duration: 26 Apr 20141 May 2014
Conference number: 32nd
https://chi2014.acm.org/
https://dl.acm.org/doi/proceedings/10.1145/2556288 (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014
Abbreviated titleCHI 2014
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period26/04/141/05/14
Internet address

Keywords

  • Ambient displays
  • Bubbles
  • Ephemeral interfaces
  • Interactive displays
  • Multimodality

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