Out to lunch: Further adventures monitoring background activity
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The sound of keystrokes and mouse clicks generated by a number of computer users gives coworkers a sense of "group awarenessn-a feeling that other people are nearby and an impression of how busy they are. L'OutToLunch," a software prototype, attempted to foster this sense of group awareness by using background sounds and an electronic signboard to inform physically dispersed or isolated group members about each other's presence. Although the software was never formally tested, it was distributed within a group. The sound design and the messages displayed on the sign were changed in response to the group's feedback, and two different methods for constructing background audio were utilized.