Mini-Orb: A Personal Indoor Climate Preference Feedback Interface

  • Markus Rittenbruch
  • Jared Donovan
  • Yasuhiro Santo
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9297)


The control of environmental factors in open-office environments, such as lighting and temperature is becoming increasingly automated. This development means that office inhabitants are losing the ability to manually adjust environmental conditions according to their needs. In this paper we describe the design, use and evaluation of MiniOrb, a system that employs ambient and tangible interaction mechanisms to allow inhabitants of office environments to maintain awareness of environmental factors, report on their own subjectively perceived office comfort levels and see how these compare to group average preferences. The system is complemented by a mobile application, which enables users to see and set the same sensor values and preferences, but using a screen-based interface. We give an account of the system’s design and outline the results of an in situ trial and user study. Our results show that devices that combine ambient and tangible interaction approaches are well suited to the task of recording indoor climate preferences and afford a rich set of possible interactions that can complement those enabled by more conventional screen-based interfaces.


Ambient interface Tangible interaction Indoor climate Individual control Peripheral awareness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Markus Rittenbruch
    • 1
  • Jared Donovan
    • 1
  • Yasuhiro Santo
    • 1
  1. 1.School of DesignQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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