Project : SmartRSVP

Facilitating Attentive Speed Reading on Small Screen Wearable Devices

Research

Smart watches can enrich everyday interactions by providing both glanceable information and instant access to frequent tasks to a user. However, reading text messages on a 1.5 inch small screen is inherently challenging, especially when a user is having divided attention. We present SmartRSVP, an attentive speed reading system to facilitate text-reading on small-screen wearable devices. SmartRSVP leverages camera-based visual attention tracking and implicit physiological signal sensing to make text reading via Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP) more enjoyable and practical on smart watches. In an 18-participant study, we found that SmartRSVP achieved a significantly better performance than traditional RSVP reading method, and a similar reading performance as general reading method on smart watch. We also found that Smart RSVP can detect user’s different cognitive state (focus/multi-tasking) with high accuracy.

Publications

  • Guo, W., Wang, J., SmartRSVP : Facilitating Attentive Speed Reading on Small Screen Wearable Devices, Late-Breaking Work (poster) of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), Denver, CO, May 6 – 11, 2017. ( pdf )