Ubicomp 2003 Workshop: Multi-Device Interfaces for Ubiquitous Peripheral Interaction


Loren Terveen Charles Isbell Brian Amento
Computer Science & Engineering College of Computing Speech Interfaces Department
University of Minnesota Georgia Tech AT&T Labs
Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA Atlanta, GA 30332 USA Florham Park, NJ 07932 USA
terveen@cs.umn.edu isbell@cc.gatech.edu brian@research.att.com


Cell-phones and PDAs are ubiquitous, yet there are limits to the usage they afford. Notably, they aren't always accessible - they're usually carried in a pocket, purse, backpack, etc. This means that people must consciously decide to use a device; furthermore, when a device is used, it becomes the focus of the user's attention.

A new generation of emerging devices does not share these limits. For example, a computationally augmented wristwatch is always visible. It could be used to scroll messages and reminders, and to sound tones or light LEDs for items of special interest.

Such special purpose devices can be combined with PDAs to form multi-device interfaces, delivering a user experience that offers both the peripheral awareness enabled by (say) a wristwatch, and the more powerful computational, networking, and interactive capabilities of a PDA. This workshop aims to explore candidate devices, interface designs, and information architectures for multi-device interfaces.

The workshop has three specific goals: (1) identifying requirements for ubiquitous peripheral awareness devices and considering specific devices that can meet these requirements, (2) exploring software techniques and architectures that drive the interaction, and (3) examining designs for interfaces that divide their functionality across several wearable devices. Please read the description of the workshop goals for additional details.


The workshop schedule and a list of the participants and their position papers is available here.