Peripheral Music Controller

In this elective, our group designed a tangible music controller, named Topplr , which is designed specifically for people to perform simple interactions with their music streaming services while working behind the computer. 

As working behind a computer often requires much of people their attention (e.g. writing reports, reading papers, etc.), the intention of this interface was to interact with music without being distracted from the work-related task itself.  The aim for the design of Topplr was to design interactions that would require a minimal amount of mental resources, so they could be performed in the periphery of attention.

The initial design of Topplr was evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. The goal of the evaluation was to determine whether the interactions could be performed in one’s periphery of attention.