Peripheral Telecommunications: Supporting Distributed Awareness and Seamless Transitions to the Foreground

  • Yosuke Kinoe
  • Jeremy R. Cooperstock
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4541)


We consider two problems related to communication between geographically distributed family members. First, we examine the problem of supporting peripheral awareness, in order to improve both emotional well-being and awareness of family activity. This is based on a field study to determine the role and importance of various peripheral cues in different aspects of everyday activities. The results from the study were used to guide the design of our proposed augmented communications environment. Second, we consider the choice of mechanism to facilitate the on-demand transition to foreground communication in such an environment. The design suggests an expansion of Buxton’s taxonomy of foreground and background interaction technologies to encompass a third class of peripheral communications.


Telecommunications peripheral cues geographically distributed family 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yosuke Kinoe
    • 1
  • Jeremy R. Cooperstock
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Intercultural Communication, Hosei University, 2-17-1, Fujimi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8160Japan
  2. 2.Centre for Intelligent Machines, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2A7Canada

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