Interactive radio: A new platform for calm computing

Matthew P. Aylett, Yolanda Vazquez-Alvarez, Lynne Baillie

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5 Citations (Scopus)


Interactive radio is proposed as a platform for Weiser's calm computing vision. An evaluation of CereProc's MyMyRadio is presented as a case study to highlight the potential and challenges of an interactive radio approach: the difficulty of transitioning between passive and active modes of interaction, and the challenge of designing such services. The evaluation showed: 1) A higher workload for MyMyRadio for active tasks compared to default applications (e.g. Facebook app), 2) No significant difference in workload for passive tasks (e.g. listening to audio rendered RSS updates vs Browser app), 3) A higher workload when listening to music within MyMyRadio vs iTunes, and 4) A preference for RSS feed content compared to content from social media. We conclude by discussing the potential of interactive radio as a platform for pervasive eyes-free services. Copyright is held by the author/owner(s).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450331463
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 18 Apr 201523 Apr 2015


Conference33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2015
Abbreviated titleCHI EA 2015
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Interactive radio
  • Speech synthesis
  • Ubiquitous systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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