Ambient Life


Project Description

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

Hemmert, F. & Joost, G. (2009). Ambient Life: Instinctive Tactile Cues in Mobile Phone Interactions. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Instinctive Computing.

Hemmert, F. (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 (IJACI), 1(2).

Hemmert, F. (2008). Ambient Life: Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. Adjunct Proceedings of the 21st annual ACM symposium on User Interface Software and Technology.

Hemmert, F. & Joost, G. (2008). Ambient Life: Calm and Excited Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. Proceedings of the Conference on Design & Emotion.

Hemmert, F. (2008). Ambient Life: Interrupted Permanent Tactile Life-like Actuation as a Status Display in Mobile Phones. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Ambient Information Systems.