Digital Vibrons: Understanding Users' Perceptions of Interacting with Invisible Digital Matter

R. Vatavu, A. Mossel, C. Schönauer:
"Digital Vibrons: Understanding Users' Perceptions of Interacting with Invisible Digital Matter";
angenommen für:"18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction With Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI)", herausgegeben von: ACM; ACM, Florence, Italy, 2016, - *.

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Abstract:


We investigate in this work users´ perceptions of interacting
with invisible, zero-weight digital matter for smart mobile scenarios.
To this end, we introduce the concept of a digital vibron
as vibrational manifestation of a digital object located outside
its container device. We exemplify gesture-based interactions
and show how thinking interactions in terms of digital vibrons
leads to new experiences in the mixed physical-digital space.
We present results of a user study showing high scores on
users´ perceived experience. We also discuss the results of an
elicitation study for collecting users´ preferences for vibration
patterns to inform design of vibrotactile feedback for digital
vibrons. We hope that our results on this first exploration of
digital vibrons will inspire researchers and practitioners to
further develop our concept and design localized vibrotactile
feedback for digital objects outside their smart devices toward
new interactive experiences in the physical-digital space.