Towards In-Air Gesture Control of Household Appliances with Limited Displays

  • Euan FreemanEmail author
  • Stephen Brewster
  • Vuokko Lantz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9299)


Recent technologies allow us to interact with our homes in novel ways, such as using in-air gestures for control. However, gestures require good feedback and small appliances, like lighting controls and thermostats, have limited, or no, display capabilities. Our research explores how other output types can be used to give users feedback about their gestures, instead, allowing small devices to give useful feedback. We describe the Gesture Thermostat, a gesture-controlled thermostat dial which gives multimodal gesture feedback.


In-air gestures Household devices Multimodal feedback 



This research was part-funded by Nokia Technologies, Finland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Glasgow Interactive Systems GroupUniversity of GlasgowGlasgowScotland, UK
  2. 2.Nokia TechnologiesEspooFinland

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