SensaBubble is a chrono-sensory mid-air display system that generates scented bubbles to deliver information to the user via a number of sensory modalities. The system reliably produces single bubbles of specific sizes along a directed path. Each bubble produced by SensaBubble is filled with fog containing a scent relevant to the notification. The chrono-sensory aspect of SensaBubble means that information is presented both temporally and multimodally. Temporal information is enabled through two forms of persistence: firstly, a visual display projected onto the bubble which only endures until it bursts; secondly, a scent released upon the bursting of the bubble slowly disperses and leaves a longer-lasting perceptible trace of the event. SensaBubble can be adapted for use in a wide range of application contexts – from an ambient peripheral display for persistent alerts, to an engaging display for gaming or education.
- Ambient displays;
- Interactive displays;
- Ephemeral interfaces;
Seah, S. A., Martinez-Plasencia, D., Bennett, P., Abhijit, K., Otrocol, V., Knibbe, J. M., Cockburn, A., & Subramanian, S. (2014). SensaBubble: A Chrono-Sensory Mid-Air Display of Sight and Smell. In Proceedings of ACM CHI 2014 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2556288.2557087