Ambient Life

As human beings, we are inherently trained in the perception of  life-like signals. It may therefore be worthwhile to investigate such  signals as a means of status display for mobile phones, which currently  only communicate with us through beeps and vibration bursts.

The common relationship to one’s mobile phone is already a close one.  This project exaggerates this circumstance, by proposing a permanently  active, yet subtle, tactile impulse as a status display: A calm pulse  that represents a status of ‘no missed calls, no missed text messages,  and a sufficient niveau of battery and reception’, and, respectively, a  excited pulse that issues the phone’s need for attention. The project  involves a number of breathing and pulsating prototypes.


Publications

Ambient Life: Instinctive Tactile Cues in Mobile Phone Interactions

Hemmert, Fabian and Joost, Gesche 2009. Ambient Life: Instinctive Tactile Cues in Mobile Phone Interactions. In Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Instinctive Computing (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, June 15 – 16, 2009).


Life in the Pocket: The Ambient Life Project. Life-Like Movements in Tactile Ambient Displays in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian 2009. Life in the Pocket: The Ambient Life Project. Life-Like Movements in Tactile Ambient Displays in Mobile Phones. In International Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence, 1(2), 13-19, April-June, 2009.


Ambient Life: Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian 2008. Ambient Life: Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. In Adjunct Proceedings of the 21st annual ACM symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (Monterey, California, USA, October 20 – 22, 2008). UIST ’08. ACM, New York, NY.


Ambient Life: Calm and Excited Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian and Joost, Gesche 2008. Ambient Life: Calm and Excited Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. In Proceedings of the Conference on Design & Emotion 2008 (Hong Kong, October 6 – 9, 2008).


Ambient Life: Interrupted Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones

Hemmert, Fabian 2008. Ambient Life: Interrupted Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Ambient Information Systems (Seoul, Korea, September 21, 2008). AIS ’08.