Kolab: appropriation & improvisation in mobile tangible collaborative interaction

Dalton, Nick, Mackay, Gordon and Holland, Simon (2012) Kolab: appropriation & improvisation in mobile tangible collaborative interaction. In: Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, pp. 21-24. ISBN 9781450312103

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Current design guidelines for conventional tangible systems suggest that the representational significance of tangible tokens is an important consideration in the design of tangible interaction, especially in collaborative contexts. Such advice might be assumed to imply that nomadic tangible systems that employ improvised tokens are liable to have highly impaired usability. In this paper we describe a proof of concept experiment for Kolab, a nomadic tangible interaction system that permits any surface to be appropriated as a collaborative tabletop, and which affords the use of a wide range of appropriated artifacts as improvised tangibles. We demonstrate an approach for realizing the necessary interaction techniques combining tangibles and hand gestures using a fusion of image and depth sensing. We present the results of a user study showing that while users' choices of artifacts were seen to follow an unexpected pattern, various artifacts were appropriated and improvised as tangibles, and the system was found to be both usable and well able to support user collaboration.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: appropriation; collaboration; collaborative; computing; interaction; mobile; tangibles user interfaces; nomadic user interfaces
Subjects: J900 Others in Technology
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 12:57
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 18:18
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/26118

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