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Rethinking 'multi-user': an in-the-wild study of how groups approach a walk-up-and-use tabletop interface

Marshall, Paul; Morris, Richard; Rogers, Yvonne; Kreitmayer, Stefan and Davies, Matthew (2011). Rethinking 'multi-user': an in-the-wild study of how groups approach a walk-up-and-use tabletop interface. In: Proceedings of the 29th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 7-12 April 2011, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Abstract

Multi-touch tabletops have been much heralded as an innovative technology that can facilitate new ways of group working. However, there is little evidence of these materialising outside of research lab settings. We present the findings of a 5-week in-the-wild study examining how a shared planning application – designed to run on a walk-up- and-use tabletop – was used when placed in a tourist information centre. We describe how groups approached, congregated and interacted with it and the social interactions that took place – noting how they were quite different from research findings describing the ways groups work around a tabletop in lab settings. We discuss the implications of such situated group work for designing collaborative tabletop applications for use in public settings.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 ACM
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Other Departments > Marketing and SRFS
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 28002
Depositing User: Rose Johnson
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 09:13
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2014 09:25
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/28002
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