MULTIMODAL INTERFACES IN HOME APPLIANCES

Home appliances have changed a lot in the last decades: they have become increasingly smart, and the way in which we control them exploits new and often multiple interaction modalities, including touch and touch-less input, proximity interaction and speech interfaces.
This evolution calls for a renovation of the approach employed in the investigation of the interaction between the appliance and the user.
The project in collaboration with Electrolux aims at identifying innovative methods for identifying usage issues of multimodal interfaces for home appliances and to investigate the experience of use with them. Depending on the status of the prototype, the experiments involve physical mock-ups or virtual simulation of the prototypes.

Additionally, in the context of multimodal interfaces, it is of paramount importance for designers and developers to understand current practices of use in order to project effective interfaces.
At HIT Research Centre we investigate users' practices in their natural setting, adapting the research methods from the ethnography. Besides self-reported measures, in this project we mainly collect and analyze objective data regarding users' behavior, comprising computer supported video-analysis, eye-tracking data analysis and automatic classification of emotions through face expressions.

HIT Research Centre will be involved in:
- Investigating usage issues with multimodal interfaces of home appliances;
- Exploring the user experience with innovative home appliances;
- Investigating the practices of use with home appliances in the home.

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Funding body: Electrolux
Contacts: prof. Luciano Gamberini, PhD Valeria Orso