TaskAmbient is an ambient information display system that provides a visualization overview of a user’s to-dos. TaskAmbient has the ability to source to-dos from to-do applications and calendar applications. This tool has been designed to aid users in retaining information about their day-to-day todos from their calendar and todo applications. It also provides a glanceable overview of tasks in a user’s various areas of responsibility. Using this tool, we will be running a longitudinal study to observe how effective TaskAmbient is at aiding users with intention retention. We anticipate that TaskAmbient will provide an effective and useful overview of a user’s to-dos, and influence users to find time to focus on their tasks and various areas of responsibility.


TaskAmbient: A Study in Personal Task Management Visualization, in CHI ’15 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (to appear)