Understanding file access mechanisms for embedded ubicomp collaboration interfaces

Collins, Anthony, Bezerianos, Anastasia, McEwan, Gregor, Rittenbruch, Markus, Wasinger, Rainer, & Kay, Judy (2009) Understanding file access mechanisms for embedded ubicomp collaboration interfaces. In Proceedings of the 11th international conference on Ubiquitous computing, ACM, Orlando, Florida, USA, pp. 135-144.

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This paper explores the nature of interfaces to support people in accessing their files at tabletop displays embedded in the environment. To do this, we designed a study comparing people's interaction with two very different classes of file system access interface: Focus, explicitly designed for tabletops, and the familiar hierarchical Windows Explorer. In our within-subjects double-crossover study, participants collaborated on 4 planning tasks. Based on video, logs, questionnaires and interviews, we conclude that both classes of interface have a place. Notably, Focus contributed to improved collaboration and more efficient use of the workspace than with Explorer. Our results inform a set of recommendations for future interfaces enabling this important class of interaction -- supporting access to files for collaboration at tabletop devices embedded in an ubicomp environment.

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ID Code: 89452
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Tabletop interface, single display groupware, file system UI
DOI: 10.1145/1620545.1620567
ISBN: 9781605584317
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Digital and Interaction Design (120304)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 ACM
Deposited On: 26 Oct 2015 00:59
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 04:00

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