, , & , Understanding complex environments with the feedforward torch, in Fabio PaternĂ², Boris E. R. de Ruyter, Panos Markopoulos, Carmen Santoro, Evert van Loenen, & Kris Luyten (eds.), Ambient Intelligence - Third International Joint Conference, AmI 2012, Pisa, Italy, November 13-15, 2012. Proceedings,312-319 (Springer ). DOI  PDF

Abstract:

In contrast with design flaws that occur in user interfaces, design flaws in physical spaces have a much higher cost and impact. Software is in fact fairly easy to change and update in contrast with legacy physical constructions where updating their physical appearance is often not an option. We present the Feedforward Torch, a mobile projection system that targets the augmentation of legacy hardware with feedforward information. Feedforward explains users what the results of their action will be, and can thus be seen as the opposite of feedback. A first user study suggests that providing feedforward in these environments could improve their usability.



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