Wed. 30.11.16. Threshold Devices – William Gaver et al.

T1005 iLab, ground floor South Building
Gaver, W., et al. 2008. Threshold Devices: Looking Out From The Home. In: CHI 2008 Proceedings – Domesticity and Design. Florence, Italy, 5-10 April 2008. New York: ACM. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 28 November 2016].

Threshold devices present information gathered from the home’s surroundings to give new views on the domestic situation. We built two prototypes of different threshold devices and studied them in field trials with participant households. The Local Barometer displays online text and images related to the home’s locality depending on the local wind conditions to give an impression of the sociocultural surroundings. The Plane Tracker tracks aircraft passing overhead and imagines their flights onscreen to resource an understanding of the home’s global links. Our studies indicated that the experiences they provided were compelling, that participants could and did interpret the devices in various ways, that their form designs were appropriate for domestic environments, that using ready-made information contributed to the richness of the experiences, and that situating the information they provided with respect to the home and its locality was important for the ways people engaged with them.


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