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Conveying interactivity at an interactive public information display


Grace, K and Wasinger, R and Ackad, C and Collins, A and Dawson, O and Gluga, R and Kay, J and Tomitsch, A, Conveying interactivity at an interactive public information display, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis), 4-5 June 2013, Mountain View, USA, pp. 19-24. ISBN 9781450320962 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1145/2491568.2491573


Successfully conveying the interactivity of a Public Information Display (PID) can be the difference between a display that is used or not used by its audience. In this paper, we present an interactive PID called `Cruiser Ribbon' that targets pedestrian traffic. We outline our interactive PID installation, the visual cues used to alert people of the display's interactivity, the interaction mechanisms with which people can interact with the display, and our approach to presenting rich content that is hierarchical in nature and thus navigable along multiple dimensions. This is followed by a field study on the effectiveness of different mechanisms to convey display interactivity.

Results from this work show that users are signiffcantly more likely to notice an interactive display when a dynamic skeletal representation of the user is combined with a visual spotlight effect (+8% more users) or a follow-me effect (+7% more users), compared to just the dynamic skeletal representation. Observation also suggests that - at least for interactive PIDs - the dynamic skeletal representation may be distracting users away from interacting with a display's actual content, and that individual interactivity cues are affected by group size.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Design, Experimentation, Human Factors
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Application software packages
UTAS Author:Wasinger, R (Dr Rainer Wasinger)
ID Code:90125
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2018-02-09

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