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
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3146-3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • interactive radio, speech synthesis, ubiquitous systems


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