Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

A Peripheral Display Toolkit

Tara Matthews, Tye Rattenbury, Scott Carter, Anind K. Dey and Jennifer Mankoff

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/CSD-03-1258
2003

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2003/CSD-03-1258.pdf

Traditionally, computer interfaces have been confined to conventional displays and focused activities. However, as displays become embedded throughout our environment and daily lives, increasing numbers of them must operate on the periphery of our attention. Peripheral displays, ubiquitous computing devices that present information without demanding attention, are difficult to build, particularly because they must dynamically manage the cognitive load they place on users. We present a toolkit that aids the development of peripheral displays. We determined three key issues for the toolkit, based on a survey of existing peripheral displays and cognitive science literature: abstraction of data, selection of notification levels, and transitions between notification levels. Our contribution is the investigation of these key characteristics, combined with a toolkit that encapsulates them and supports the design of displays that focus on these issues. We describe our toolkit architecture, and present five sample peripheral displays demonstrating our toolkit's capabilities.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Matthews:CSD-03-1258,
    Author = {Matthews, Tara and Rattenbury, Tye and Carter, Scott and Dey, Anind K. and Mankoff, Jennifer},
    Title = {A Peripheral Display Toolkit},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2003},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2003/5782.html},
    Number = {UCB/CSD-03-1258},
    Abstract = {Traditionally, computer interfaces have been confined to conventional displays and focused activities. However, as displays become embedded throughout our environment and daily lives, increasing numbers of them must operate on the periphery of our attention. Peripheral displays, ubiquitous computing devices that present information without demanding attention, are difficult to build, particularly because they must dynamically manage the cognitive load they place on users. We present a toolkit that aids the development of peripheral displays. We determined three key issues for the toolkit, based on a survey of existing peripheral displays and cognitive science literature: abstraction of data, selection of notification levels, and transitions between notification levels. Our contribution is the investigation of these key characteristics, combined with a toolkit that encapsulates them and supports the design of displays that focus on these issues. We describe our toolkit architecture, and present five sample peripheral displays demonstrating our toolkit's capabilities.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Matthews, Tara
%A Rattenbury, Tye
%A Carter, Scott
%A Dey, Anind K.
%A Mankoff, Jennifer
%T A Peripheral Display Toolkit
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2003
%@ UCB/CSD-03-1258
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2003/5782.html
%F Matthews:CSD-03-1258