Active progress bars : aiding the switch to temporary activities

Abstract : Can we design an interface to help people make use of the idle time spent looking at progress bars? We propose to augment progress bars with user-controlled functionalities facilitating the switch to temporary activities. We propose a taxonomy of waiting period contexts and possible temporary tasks, then report on participatory design sessions, and a follow-up survey. Finally we describe an early prototype of active progress bar and report a small controlled experiment used to identify the impact of the tool on primary task satisfaction. The findings suggest that Active Progress Bars lead to significantly higher satisfaction when compared to a control condition.
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Christophe Hurter, Benjamin Cowan, Audrey Girouard, Nathalie Riche. Active progress bars : aiding the switch to temporary activities. HCI 2012, 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction, Sep 2012, Birmingham, United Kingdom. pp xxx. ⟨hal-01022318⟩

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