Edited Book forthcoming in Springer HCI series: "Peripheral Interaction: Challenges and opportunities for HCI in the periphery of attention"
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Special Issue forthcoming in IxD&A journal: "Designing for Peripheral Interaction: seamlessly integrating interactive technology in everyday life"
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Workshop at CHI 2014: "Peripheral Interaction:Shaping the Research and Design Space"
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Workshop at Interact 2013: "Peripheral Interaction: Embedding HCI in Everyday Life"
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Peripheral Interaction

Interactive devices such as mobile phones play an important, but often needlessly obtrusive role in everyday life. When interacting with such devices, people are often completely distracted from their other activities. On the contrary, all kinds of things can be done without focused attention in daily life. For example, we do not need to look out the window to know what kind of weather it is and we can drink coffee from a cup without actively thinking about it. We only focus our attention on these activities when they are relevant. For example, when it is raining while we plan to go outside, the weather directly attracts our attention. Or we consciously focus attention on drinking, when the coffee cup is so full that concentration is needed to avoid spilling. We believe that interactive devices can be designed such that people can use them in a similar manner. We call this "peripheral interaction". People can interact with peripheral interactive devices without focused attention, while they can also easily focus their attention on them when this is relevant. The aim of peripheral interaction is thus to lead to future devices which can be used effortlessly, as a seamless part of our everyday routines.

About this website

This website presents and announces events and publications around the topic of peripheral interaction, initiated by Saskia Bakker (Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands) and Doris Hausen (University of Munich, Germany).



Header image: peripheral interaction design 'Slight' by Eef Lubbers, Jesse Meijers and Tom van 't Westeinde, MSc students at Eindhoven University of Technology.