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Advances in Human-Computer Interaction
Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 5781363, 12 pages
Research Article

UbiCompass: An IoT Interaction Concept

1Lund University, P.O. Box 118, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
2Sony Mobile Communications, Nya Vattentornet, 221 88 Lund, Sweden
3Axis Communications, Emdalavägen 14, 223 69 Lund, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to G√ľnter Alce; es.htl.ngised@ecla.retnug

Received 26 September 2017; Accepted 5 February 2018; Published 12 April 2018

Academic Editor: Thomas Mandl

Copyright © 2018 Günter Alce et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Lately, different wearable form factors have reached the consumer domain. Wearables enable at-a-glance access to information and can continually sense the surrounding environment. Internet of Things (IoT) researchers have focused on the main enabling factors: the integration of several technologies and communication solutions. Less effort has been devoted to exploring how not-so-tech-savvy end users can discover and directly interact with the numerous connected things predicted by the IoT vision. This paper presents a novel IoT interaction concept called UbiCompass. A functional, smartwatch face prototype of the UbiCompass was developed and integrated with an existing smart home system, in which five different connected devices could be controlled using simple interaction. It was then compared to a traditional smartphone mobile application in a controlled experiment. The results show statistically significant differences in favor of the proposed concept. This highlights the potential the UbiCompass has as an IoT interaction concept.