Peripheral Calendar

Peripheral Calendar is a research project on making notifications less interrupting. Digital devices are constantly reminding and notifying us about matters of varying relevance. This can cause interruptions that makes us lose track of more important matters.

The Peripheral Calendar prototype takes a peripheral interaction approach to providing information about the user’s schedule. Through a row of LEDs and a small display it provides a simple rendition of the next three hours of the user’s schedule. The user can glance at the device to know which events are coming up and when.

Through a 3 week study I found that it is possible to provide detailed calendar information to the user without disturbing. This approach can potentially be used in calendar applications to to substitute intrusive notifications with peripheral information that does not interrupt.