CubeMate: A New Communication Device as Non-verbal Interface in a Shared Space

  • Roberta Grimaldi
  • Valentina CipelliEmail author
  • Carlo Maria Medaglia
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9187)


Communication is made of both verbal and non-verbal components. The latter often provide much more meaning than people realize. Nowadays communication is more often technology mediated, this occurrence is transforming rules and channels of human communication. In this paper we illustrate the design of a new communication device, CubeMate, which can be used as nonverbal mood interface in various contexts of shared space (house, office, shared flat). The design of CubeMate follows the Interaction Design process. Its design, embracing Weiser’s Calm Computing, focus on the Calmness, using a non-verbal output that doesn’t overburden users attention. During two Maker Faire we have collected unstructured feedbacks and qualitative evaluations through a prototype trial. On the basis of these considerations we could identify achievable improvements and define several and cross application fields.


Non verbal communication Calm computing Interaction design process Proactive computing Emoticons 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Grimaldi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Valentina Cipelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Carlo Maria Medaglia
    • 1
  1. 1.Link Campus UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.ISIA Roma DesignRomeItaly

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