OSpace: towards a systematic exploration of olfactory interaction spaces

Dmitrenko, Dmitrijs, Maggioni, Emanuela and Obrist, Marianna (2017) OSpace: towards a systematic exploration of olfactory interaction spaces. ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces, Brighton, UK, 17-20 October 2017. Published in: ISS '17: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces. 171-180. ACM ISBN 9781450346917

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Abstract

When designing olfactory interfaces, HCI researchers and practitioners have to carefully consider a number of issues related to the scent delivery, detection, and lingering. These are just a few of the problems to deal with. We present OSpace - an approach for designing, building, and exploring an olfactory interaction space. Our paper is the first to explore in detail not only the scent-delivery parameters but also the air extraction issues. We conducted a user study to demonstrate how the scent detection/lingering times can be acquired under different air extraction conditions, and how the impact of scent type, dilution, and intensity can be investigated. Results show that with our setup, the scents can be perceived by the user within ten seconds and it takes less than nine seconds for the scents to disappear, both when the extraction is on and off. We discuss the practical application of these results for HCI.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: olfactory interaction, smell, human-computer interaction, olfactory design space
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Creative Technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
T Technology
Depositing User: Marianna Obrist
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 10:43
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 10:43
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70980

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