Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30–31, 2017, Proceedings

Research Article

BubbleFeed: Visualizing RSS Information in Public Spaces

  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_15,
        author={Effie Karuzaki and Nikolaos Partarakis and Margherita Antona and Constantine Stefanidis},
        title={BubbleFeed: Visualizing RSS Information in Public Spaces},
        proceedings={Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation. 6th International Conference, ArtsIT 2017, and Second International Conference, DLI 2017, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, October 30--31, 2017, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={ARTSIT \& DLI},
        year={2018},
        month={3},
        keywords={Information visualization RSS feed Public spaces},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_15}
    }
    
  • Effie Karuzaki
    Nikolaos Partarakis
    Margherita Antona
    Constantine Stefanidis
    Year: 2018
    BubbleFeed: Visualizing RSS Information in Public Spaces
    ARTSIT & DLI
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76908-0_15
Effie Karuzaki1,*, Nikolaos Partarakis1,*, Margherita Antona1,*, Constantine Stefanidis,*
  • 1: Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH)
*Contact email: karuzaki@ics.forth.gr, partarak@ics.forth.gr, antona@ics.forth.gr, cs@ics.forth.gr

Abstract

Public interaction displays contribute to upgrading the quality of public spaces since they attract many users and stimulate social interaction. In this paper, BubbleFeed is presented, a system for visualizing RSS news from multiple sources in public spaces. RSS news headlines are displayed inside virtual interactive bubbles ascending from the bottom of a vertical screen to the top, resembling the bubbles formed in a glass of soft drink. Besides touching the bubbles to expand and read the respective news stories, playful user interaction is supported to promote better engagement and motivate multiple users to participate. To support custom news feeds and Facebook posts in addition to RSS feeds, we have built a tool and a library that produce RSS files from the respective sources. BubbleFeed also supports displaying weather information, hosting media galleries and providing useful information such as Wi-Fi hotspot maps.