Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 27–33 | Cite as

The disappearing screen: scenarios for audible interfaces

  • Daniel MichelisEmail author
  • Florian Resatsch
  • Thomas Nicolai
  • Thomas Schildhauer
Original Article


The world of ubiquitous computing, which by definition includes mobile devices of every kind, leads us to an era of small computer devices, usable in everyday situations. Computers are becoming smaller and operate discreetly in the background. This paper deals with the disappearance of the screen that is described and specified according to Lev Manovich. In doing research on radio frequency identification, this paper shows one possible way to interact with ubiquitous computers—primarily exploring suitability and scenarios for audible interfaces. The paper describes a research project of the University of Arts Berlin and the University of St. Gallen and proposes future research questions.


Virtual World Ubiquitous Computing Smart Space Data Carrier Human Computer Interface 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Michelis
    • 1
    Email author
  • Florian Resatsch
    • 2
  • Thomas Nicolai
    • 1
  • Thomas Schildhauer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of the Arts BerlinBerlinGermany

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