SensaBubble: a chrono-sensory mid-air display of sight and smell

Seah, Sue Ann, Martinez Plasencia, Diego, Bennett, Peter D., Karnik, Abhijit, Otrocol, Vlad Stefan, Knibbe, Jarrod, Cockburn, Andy and Subramanian, Sriram (2014) SensaBubble: a chrono-sensory mid-air display of sight and smell. SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Toronto, 26th April - 1st May 2014. Published in: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14).. 2863-2872. ACM, New York, NY, USA, Toronto. ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1

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We present SensaBubble, a chrono-sensory mid-air display system that generates scented bubbles to deliver information to the user via a number of sensory modalities. The system reliably produces single bubbles of specific sizes along a directed path. Each bubble produced by SensaBubble is filled with fog containing a scent relevant to the notification. The chrono-sensory aspect of SensaBubble means that information is presented both temporally and multimodally. Temporal information is enabled through two forms of persistence: firstly, a visual display projected onto the bubble which only endures until it bursts; secondly, a scent released upon the bursting of the bubble slowly disperses and leaves a longer-lasting perceptible trace of the event. We report details of SensaBubble’s design and implementation, as well as results of technical and user evaluations. We then discuss and demonstrate how SensaBubble can be adapted for use in a wide range of application contexts – from an ambient peripheral display for persistent alerts, to an engaging display for gaming or education.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Keywords: multisensory display, human-computer interaction, smell based devices
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Computer Graphics
Subjects: T Technology
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Depositing User: Sriram Subramanian
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 14:06
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 14:07

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