The 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2019)

Paper “Of Smarthomes, IoT Plants, and Implicit Interaction Design” has been accepted for publication at the 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2019)” in Tempe, Arizona, USA, Mar. 2019 :-)

[ Conference, TEI 2019, Tempe, Arizona, USA ]
[ Program ]

Björn Bittner, Ilhan Aslan, Chi Tai Dang, and Elisabeth André, Of Smarthomes, 
IoT Plants, and Implicit Interaction Design, TEI 2019, Proceedings of the 13th 
International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, 
TEI 2019 (Tempe, Arizona, USA). ACM

There seems to be a danger to carelessly replace routine tasks in homes through automation with IoT-technology. But since routines such as watering houseplants also have positive influences on inhabitants’ wellbeing, they should be transformed through carefully performed designs. To this end, an attempt to use technology for augmenting a set of houseplants’ non-verbal communication capabilities is presented. First, we describe in detail how implicit interactions have been designed to support inhabitants in watering their plants through meaningful interactions. Then, we report on a field study …

Excited about participation in the Co-Design Roundtable at the Human-Centred Cognitive Assistance Lab of the University of Bremen.


Just wondered how we approach environmental psychology, visual perception, and design in terms of everyday behaviors of home inhabitants…

Oh, and the roundtable is just part of a larger international initiative that tries to look beyond what we know about cognition and design (… Surely of interest for many disciplines…

On 9.12.2016, (after several years of research and work) I successfully defended my dissertation “Tabletop Interaction Beyond Touch – Interaction On, Above, Around, and Across Surfaces” :-)

The doctoral hat was waaaay to big (as you may have seen if you already have had a glimpse on the facebook post). However, it was equipped with quite a lot electronics (“under the hat”) and “interesting” functions and they still work… ;-)

Today we’re releasing Environs version with some bug fixes.

  • Updated: Debug exception handling
  • Added: Limit Mediator max sendqueue items to 6000
  • Updated: Disposal of DeviceBase.UdpListener
  • Fixed: Crash in native layer due to (race condition in) device management list item access through DeviceBase
  • Added: string class to Tracer for debugging

Have a look at the for an exhaustive list of changes.