Diff Displays helps users of single or multiple displays (eg. monitors) to quickly gauge what has changed since they last looked at a display. Displays which we are using but which we are not currently looking at are called “unattended displays”.
When using multiple displays tracking changes across them can be difficult. This is especially true when you are trying to focus on getting things done. Moreover, many of the changes on your display may simply act as distractions, whether they are pop-up ads, Twitter or Facebook notifications or just a new email.
This is a research project today but we might expect this type of feature to be in every operating system in the years ahead as our visual environment becomes evermore laden with displays.
Diff Displays consists of two parts. First, it includes a system that is able to track which display you are looking at using a web camera. It also contains four different visualisation techniques for highlighting change. These techniques are executed when you look away from the display. They aim to provide you with an overview (or an awareness) of changes that happened when your attention was focused elsewhere.Watch Video > conference paper PDF >