Technology shouldn’t require all
of our attention, just some of it,
and only when necessary.
Empowering the Periphery
Calm technology makes use of our
peripheral attention, allowing us
to be aware of more things with
less cognitive overhead.
A calm technology will move easily from the
periphery of our attention, to the center, and back:
Things in the periphery are attuned to by the large
portion of our brains devoted to peripheral (sensory)
processing. By placing things in the periphery we are
able to attune to many more things than we could if
everything had to be at the center. Thus the periphery
is informing without overburdening.
- Weiser, Brown, The Coming Age of Calm Technology
I. Examples of
Two Principles of Calm Technology
1. A technology should inform and encalm
2. Make use of the periphery
Design for people first
1. Machines shouldn't act like humans
2. Humans shouldn't act like machines
3. Amplify the best part of each
but doesn’t need
The Roomba Robotic
Vacuum Cleaner :)
LUMOBack Smart Posture Sensor
Buzzes you when
you exhibit poor
Create ambient awareness through
1. Haptics vs. auditory alerts (haptic compass)
2. Light status vs. full display (on/off)
3. Positive or negative tones (home electronics)
4. Transparency (inner-office windows)
Privacy is the ability
not to be surprised.
How can we design for privacy? !
1. Temporary Solution (Privacy by Design)
2. Longer term Solution (Data Ownership)
Privacy by Design: Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D. Information & Privacy Commissioner, Ontario, Canada. http://www.privacybydesign.ca/
Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare
do this well.
Expose privacy controls with every
piece of content that can be created
Half of privacy is perceived
The idea of privacy is socially created and
attached to behavioral norms.
Behavior can change when norms change.