The attention Kitchen: Comparing modalities for smart home notifications in a cooking scenario
Paper in proceeding, 2021

A steadily increasing number of notifications, auditory, visual or ambient, competes for the user's attention. Frequent unsuitable notifications can lead to a breakdown in efficiency and increase error rates. This paper compares the effectiveness, disruptiveness, and user experience of three different notification modalities: On-Object, ambient On-Environment, and On-Smartphone notifications. In a user study with 24 participants, we evaluate the three notification modalities during a cooking task where users were frequently exposed to notifications. Our results show that ambient On-Environment notifications minimize the time in which users can resume their primary task. Ambient On-Environment notifications were also perceived as least disrupting compared to the other two notification modalities. We discuss the design requirements for non-disruptive notifications in smart home environments and conclude with future strategies for notifying users at different urgency levels.

Smart Kitchen

Smart Home



Alexandra Voit

University of Stuttgart

Thomas Kosch

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Henrike Weingartner

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Pawel W. Wozniak

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction design

ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

9781450386432 (ISBN)

20th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, MUM 2021
Virtual, Online, Belgium,

Subject Categories

Media and Communication Technology

Interaction Technologies

Human Computer Interaction



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