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TeamTag: Exploring Centralized versus Replicated Controls for Co-located Tabletop Groupware

Morris, Meredith Ringel and Paepcke, Andreas and Winograd, Terry and Stamberger, Jeannie (2006) TeamTag: Exploring Centralized versus Replicated Controls for Co-located Tabletop Groupware. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2006), April 22-27, 2006, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.




We explore how the placement of control widgets (such as menus) affects collaboration and usability for co-located tabletop groupware applications. We evaluated two design alternatives: a centralized set of controls shared by all users, and separate per-user controls replicated around the borders of the shared tabletop. We conducted this evaluation in the context of TeamTag, a system for collective annotation of digital photos. Our comparison of the two design alternatives found that users preferred replicated over shared controls. We discuss the cause of this preference, and also present data on the impact of these interface design variants on collaboration, as well as the role that orientation, co-touching, and the use of different regions of the table played in shaping users' behavior and preferences.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Tabletop interfaces, computer-supported cooperative work, co-located groupware, single display groupware.
Related URLs:Project Homepage
ID Code:789
Deposited By:Import Account
Deposited On:15 Jan 2006 16:00
Last Modified:19 Dec 2008 10:11

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