LOOP: A Physical Artifact to Facilitate Seamless Interaction with Personal Data in Everyday Life


  • Conference: DIS 2017
  • Type: Demonstration
  • Goal: Investigate how a physical artifact could visualize activity data.
  • - Best Demo Award


Kim Sauvé, (then) Eindhoven University of Technology
Steven Houben, (then) Lancaster University
Nicolai Marquadt, University College London
Saskia Bakker, (then) Eindhoven University of Technology
Bart Hengeveld, Eindhoven University of Technology
Sarah Gallacher, Intel Labs Europe
Yvonne Rogers, University College London





We investigated how a physical artifact could support seamless interaction with personal activity data in everyday life. We introduce LOOP, a physical artifact that changes its shape according to the activity data of the owner, providing an abstract visualization. This paper reports on the design process of LOOP that was informed by interviews and co-creation sessions with end users. We conclude with future work on the evaluation of the concept. This paper makes two main contributions. Firstly, LOOP is proposed as an example of an alternative approach to physically represent activity data. Secondly, the design process and rationale behind LOOP are presented as design knowledge.