Interactive Radio: A New Platform for Calm Computing

Matthew P. Aylett, Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez, Lynne Baillie

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Abstract / Description of output

Interactive radio is proposed as a platform for Weiser's calm computing vision. An evaluation of CereProc's MyMyRadio is presented as a case study to highlight the potential and challenges of an interactive radio approach: the difficulty of transitioning between passive and active modes of interaction, and the challenge of designing such services. The evaluation showed: 1) A higher workload for MyMyRadio for active tasks compared to default applications (e.g. Facebook app); 2) No significant difference in workload for passive tasks (e.g. listening to audio rendered RSS updates vs Browser app); 3) A higher workload when listening to music within MyMyRadio vs iTunes; and 4) A preference for RSS feed content compared to content from social media. We conclude by discussing the potential of interactive radio as a platform for pervasive eyes-free services.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM
Pages2085-2090
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3146-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • interactive radio, speech synthesis, ubiquitous systems

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