Our Little Secret: Design and User Study on an Electrochromic Ambient Display for Supporting Long-Distance Relationships

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In this paper, we present a non-light-emitting electrochromic ambient display, Our Little Secret, for supporting the communication in long-distance relationships (LDRs). The unobtrusive display technique was prototyped with an interactive picture frame, which was used as a probe to chart the possibilities of the technique in an interview-based user study (n=12) and an in-the-wild deployment (one couple) of people living remotely from their partner. The salient findings showed positive response especially on the non-light-emitting nature of the display, and indicates that it has potential to support LDR communication and relationship through a pair of private, meaningful, and always-on yet calm displays.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDLI 2019 – 4th EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation
Place of PublicationAalborg, Denmark
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
MoEC publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication