Attentive user interface

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Attentive user interfaces (AUI) are user interfaces that manage the user's attention. For instance, an AUI can manage notifications,[1] deciding when to interrupt the user, the kind of warnings, and the level of detail of the messages presented to the user. Attentive user interfaces, by generating only the relevant information, can in particular be used to display information in a way that increase the effectiveness of the interaction.[2]

According to Roel Vertegaal, there are four main types of attentive user interfaces:[3][4]

  • Visual attention
  • Turn management
  • Interruption decision interfaces
  • Visual detail management interfaces

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  1. ^ Horvitz, Eric; Kadie, Carl; Paek, Tim; Hovel, David (March 2003). "Models of attention in computing and communication: from principles to applications". Communications of the ACM. 46 (3): 52–59. doi:10.1145/636772.636798. ISSN 0001-0782.
  2. ^ Huberman, Bernardo A.; Wu, Fang (August 2008). "THE ECONOMICS OF ATTENTION: MAXIMIZING USER VALUE IN INFORMATION-RICH ENVIRONMENTS". Advances in Complex Systems. 11 (04): 487–496. doi:10.1142/S0219525908001830. ISSN 0219-5259.
  3. ^ Vertegaal, Roel (March 2003). "Introduction". Communications of the ACM. 46 (3): 30–33. doi:10.1145/636772.636794. ISSN 0001-0782.
  4. ^ Vertegaal, Roel; Shell, Jeffrey S.; Chen, Daniel; Mamuji, Aadil (July 2006). "Designing for augmented attention: Towards a framework for attentive user interfaces". Computers in Human Behavior. 22 (4): 771–789. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2005.12.012.