Peripheral Interaction

Challenges and Opportunities for HCI in the Periphery of Attention

  • Saskia Bakker
  • Doris Hausen
  • Ted Selker

Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Saskia Bakker, Doris Hausen, Ted Selker
    Pages 1-10
  3. Theoretical Perspectives on Peripheral Interaction

  4. Peripheral Interaction Styles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Darren Edge, Alan F. Blackwell
      Pages 65-93
    3. Jo Vermeulen, Steven Houben, Nicolai Marquardt
      Pages 137-163
  5. Peripheral Interaction in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Tilman Dingler, Albrecht Schmidt
      Pages 167-181
    3. Dzmitry Aliakseyeu, Bernt Meerbeek, Jon Mason, Remco Magielse, Susanne Seitinger
      Pages 207-235
  6. Visions on the Future of Peripheral Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Brygg Ullmer, Alexandre Siqueira, Chris Branton, Miriam K. Konkel
      Pages 253-272

About this book


Computing devices have become ever more present in our everyday environments, however embedding these technologies into our routines has remained a challenge. This book explores the novel theory of peripheral interaction to rectify this. This theory examines how interactive systems can be developed in such a way to allow people to seamlessly interact with their computer devices, but only focus on them at relevant times, building on the way in which people effortlessly divide their attention over several everyday activities in day to day life.

Capturing the current state of the art within the field, this book explores the history and foundational theories of peripheral interaction, discusses novel interactive styles suitable for peripheral interaction, addresses different application domains which can benefit from peripheral interaction and presents visions of how these developments can have a positive impact on our future lives. As such, this book’s aim is to contribute to research and practice in fields such as human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and Internet of Things, a view on how interactive technology could be redesigned to form a meaningful, yet unobtrusive part of people’s everyday lives.

Peripheral Interaction will be highly beneficial to researchers and designers alike in areas such as HCI, Ergonomics and Interaction Design.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Saskia Bakker
    • 1
  • Doris Hausen
    • 2
  • Ted Selker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Industrial DesignEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Human-Computer Interaction GroupUniversity of Munich (LMU)MunichGermany
  3. 3.CITRISUniversity of California BerkeleyMoffett FieldUSA

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