Plant Shadow Morphing As a Peripheral Display

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The amount of status and notification information available topeople is increasing beyond the capacity of the current primarydelivery channel of smartphones. Ambient displays, e.g. embeddedin the home or work environment present an alternative channel,suited to less critical information. We created an ambient displayby manipulating the natural shadows cast by a house plant to carryinformation. To explore user perceptions of the shadow display weevaluated it in a focus group (n = 6). Whilst participants saw somepotential in the approach, there were concerns about identifying themeaning of the display and the psychological effects of distortingreality. The work highlights the potential for designers to explorethe use of functional shadows to carry non-critical information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMUM '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
EditorsGiulio Jacucci , Fabio Paternò, Michael Rohs, Carmen Santoro
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-7624-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia - CNR Area, building a ground floor, room 27, Pisa, Italy
Duration: 26 Nov 201929 Nov 2019
Conference number: 18th


ConferenceInternational Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia
Abbreviated titleMUM '19
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  • ambient displays
  • information visualization
  • nature
  • peripheral displays
  • plants
  • shadows

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design


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