Publication: The Effects of Interaction Technique on Coordination in Tabletop Groupware

The interaction techniques that are used in tabletop groupware systems (such as pick-and-drop or pantograph) can affect the way that people collaborate. However, little is known about these effects, making it difficult for designers to choose appropriate techniques when building tabletop groupware. We carried out an exploratory study to determine how several different types of interaction techniques (pantograph, telepointers, radar views, drag-and-drop, and laser beam) affected coordination and awareness in two tabletop tasks (a game and a storyboarding activity). We found that the choice of interaction technique significantly affected coordination measures, performance measures, and preference � but that the effects were different for the two different tasks. Our study shows that the choice of tabletop interaction technique does indeed matter, and provides insight into how tabletop systems can better support group work.

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Miguel Nacenta
University of St Andrews, University of Saskatchewan, University of Calgary
David Pinelle
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan
Dane Stuckel Carl Gutwin
University of Saskatchewan

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Interaction Techniques for Digital Tables
Digital tables allow people to interact with computer workspaces that are projected onto tabletops.

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Nacenta, M.A., Pinelle, D., Stuckel, D., Gutwin, C. 2007. The Effects of Interaction Technique on Coordination in Tabletop Groupware. In Proceedings of the Conference on Graphics Interface (GI'07), In press.

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@inproceedings {gi-interaction-technique,
author= {Miguel Nacenta and David Pinelle and Dane Stuckel and Carl Gutwin},
title= {The Effects of Interaction Technique on Coordination in Tabletop Groupware},
booktitle= {Proceedings of the Conference on Graphics Interface (GI'07)},
year= {2007},
note= {In press}
}