Understanding Complex Environments with the Feedforward Torch

Jo Vermeulen, Kris Luyten and Karin Coninx
Presented by
Jo Vermeulen

In Proceedings of AmI 2012: the International Joint Conference on Ambient Intelligence, Pisa, Italy, November 13-15, 2012. 8 pages.


In contrast with design flaws that occur in user interfaces, design flaws in physical spaces have a much higher cost and impact. Software is in fact fairly easy to change and update in contrast with legacy physical constructions where updating their physical appearance is often not an option. We present the Feedforward Torch, a mobile projection system that targets the augmentation of legacy hardware with feedforward information. Feedforward explains users what the results of their action will be, and can thus be seen as the opposite of feedback. A first user study suggests that providing feedforward in these environments could improve their usability.