Crossmodal Ambient Displays (2007)

Author(s): Olivier P, Cao H, Gilroy SW, Jackson DG

    Abstract: Ambient displays have for some time been proposed as a means of providing situated information to users in public spaces in a manner that minimizes the invasive nature of traditional displays, and reduces the distraction caused to bystanders. We explicitly address these shortcomings and present a novel information display framework called a crossmodal ambient display. CrossFlow is a crossmodal ambient display prototype for indoor navigation, that exploits aspects of crossmodal cognition in providing users with the facility to decode temporally multiplexed information in an animated ambient display. We describe a number of benefits of crossmodal ambient displays relating to both privacy and performance. Initial user studies have demonstrated that, compared to traditional navigation aids such as maps, crossmodal displays have the potential to significantly enhance the navigation performance of users whilst at the same time leading to a reduction on the cognitive load imposed by tasks such as navigation.

    Notes: 20th BCS HCI Group Conference, in co-operation with ACM, held Queen Mary, University of London, 11-15 September 2006

      • Date: 11-15 September 2006
      • Conference Name: People and Computers XX - Engage. Proceedings of HCI 2006
      • Pages: 3-16
      • Publisher: Springer
      • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: ambient displays, crossmodal cognition, crossmodal displays.


      Dan Jackson
      Senior Research Associate

      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction