Glance Mug: Everyday Objects As Intelligent Companions For Social Interaction

EXPLORING HOW AN AUGMENTED MUG CAN SUPPORT OUR NEED FOR INSTANT SEARCH IN A SUBTLE WAY DURING MEETINGS

Imagine you are in a meeting. One of the participants has just mentioned a concept that is foreign to you, be it a geographical area, technical term or the name of a movie. You want to know more about this word to follow the discussion. Yet, you do not want to interrupt the flow of conversation between the participants. Or maybe you do not want them to know that you have no idea about the thing mentioned. You can reach your smartphone on the table to do a quick search but that might make the participant think you are bored or not interested in the subject matter. In such a context, what would happen if there was a familiar artefact that could present information in a subtle way? Our prototype, Glance Mug, is a reflection on this and it proposes an alternative instrument to smartphone for these kind of situations. It is a touch-sensitive coffee mug prototype that shows in its inner display contextual information to users during meetings. Being an ordinary mug outside, it enables the users to perform their search activity without attracting much attention. Even when others get to know about the mug’s functionality, the physical nature of the mug makes it impossible to know whether the user looks at the coffee or the display inside. Our work explores this ambiguous space that creates an opportunity to design undisruptive and playful instruments for face-to- face social interactions.

AUTHORS:
AHMET BÖRÜTECENE, İDIL BOSTAN, EKIN AKYÜREK , ALPAY SABUNCUOĞLU, İLKER TEMUZKUŞU, ÇAĞL AR GENÇ, TILBE GÖKSUN, OĞUZHAN ÖZ CAN

Category :Augmented Reality, Interaction Design
Date :December 24, 2017
Glance Mug: Everyday Objects As Intelligent Companions For Social Interaction