When the fingers do the talking: A study of group participation with varying constraints to a tabletop interface

Paul Marshall*, Eva Hornecker, Richard Morris, Nick Sheep Dalton, Yvonne Rogers

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Abstract

A user study is presented that investigates how different configurations of input can influence equity of participation around a tabletop interface. Groups of three worked on a design task requiring negotiation in four interface conditions that varied the number (all members can act or only one) and type (touch versus mice) of input. Our findings show that a multi-touch surface increases physical interaction equity and perceptions of dominance, but does not affect levels of verbal participation. Dominant people still continue to talk the most, while quiet ones remain quiet. Qualitative analyses further revealed how other factors can affect how participants con tribute to the task. The findings are discussed in terms of how the design of the physical-technological set-up can affect the desired form of collaboration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer System, TABLETOP 2008
Pages33-40
Number of pages8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer System, TABLETOP 2008 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Oct 20083 Oct 2008

Conference

Conference2008 IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer System, TABLETOP 2008
CountryNetherlands
CityAmsterdam
Period1/10/083/10/08

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