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

Seah, Sue Ann and Martinez Plasencia, Diego and Bennett, Peter D. and Karnik, Abhijit and Otrocol, Vlad Stefan and Knibbe, Jarrod and Cockburn, Andy and Subramanian, Sriram (2014) SensaBubble:a chrono-sensory mid-air display of sight and smell. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI '14 . ACM, New York, pp. 2863-2872. ISBN 9781450324731

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Abstract

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.

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