Peripheral Interaction

Part of the series Human–Computer Interaction Series pp 167-181


Peripheral Displays to Support Human Cognition

  • Tilman DinglerAffiliated withUniversity of Stuttgart Email author 
  • , Albrecht SchmidtAffiliated withUniversity of Stuttgart

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The availability of tools greatly determines the effectiveness of people. While some of us may be genuinely good at maths, calculators can extend our capabilities significantly. Tools in general empower people: both physically and mentally. In this chapter, we explore the feasibility and design space of using displays in the periphery of people’s attention as a tool to augment the human intellect. By embedding displays into home and office environments, these peripheral displays create stimulating environments and display personal content with the goal of supporting people’s cognition and memory. In this chapter, we describe how we envision such displays to strengthen episodic memory, boost people’s productivity, and support learning tasks based on concepts from the field of cognitive psychology. By using context awareness through sensors, such systems can be designed to look for opportune moments for content delivery in order to keep attention switches at minimum costs and therefore live up to the promise of ‘calm computing.’


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