Alarms - localization, orientation, and recognition

Document type: Journal Articles
Article type: Original article
Peer reviewed: Yes
Author(s): Marcus Sanchez Svensson, Hans Tap
Title: Alarms - localization, orientation, and recognition
Translated title: Alarm - lokalisering, orientering, och igenkänning
Journal: International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Year: 2003
Volume: 15
Issue: 1
Pagination: 51-66
ISSN: 10447318
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Interaction and System Design (*** Error ***)
School of Engineering S- 372 25 Ronneby
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Language: English
Abstract: This paper documents a study at three dialysis departments on the use of different alarm systems. The design of the alarm systems is to some extent in line with the visions of augmented reality and ubiquitous computing. Our study has raised a range of questions which we think are relevant for the research on how to embed technology in users' environment. We will address how the properties of the specific alarm systems, concerted in the local physical environment of the dialysis department, affords the localisation, orientation and recognition of alarms. In this paper, localisation is about the ways in which the nurses exactly locate where the alarm comes from and orientation is how the nurses orientate themselves towards the alarm in a more imprecise way. Recognition is about how the nurses notice that there is an alarm in the first place and if there are multiple alarms.
Subject: Human Work Science\Human Computer Interaction
Computer Science\Distributed Computing
Keywords: Alarms, Human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, affordances, users, dialysis