Threshold devices: looking out from the home

Gaver, William; Wilkie, Alex; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie and Villar, Nicholas. 2008. 'Threshold devices: looking out from the home'. In: Proceedings of the twenty-sixth annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2008). Florence, United Kingdom April 04 - 09, 2009. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Threshold devices present information gathered from the home’s surroundings to give new views on the domestic situation. We built two prototypes of different threshold devices and studied them in field trials with participant households. The Local Barometer displays online text and images related to the home’s locality depending on the local wind conditions to give an impression of the sociocultural surroundings. The Plane Tracker tracks aircraft passing overhead and imagines their flights onscreen to resource an understanding of the home’s global links. Our studies indicated that the experiences they provided were compelling, that participants could and did interpret the devices in various ways, that their form designs were appropriate for domestic environments, that using ready- made information contributed to the richness of the experiences, and that situating the information they provided with respect to the home and its locality was important for the ways people engaged with them.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

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Design > Interaction Research Studio
Research Office > REF2014


9 April 2008Published
16 December 2007Accepted

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Florence, United Kingdom

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April 04 - 09, 2009

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30 Nov 2011 11:21

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09 Feb 2021 07:57


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