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Gesturing in the air: Supporting full mobility in remote collaboration on physical tasks


Huang, W and Alem, L, Gesturing in the air: Supporting full mobility in remote collaboration on physical tasks, Journal of Universal Computer Science, 19, (8) pp. 1158-1174. ISSN 0948-695X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Many collaborative situations require that a remote helper guides a local worker in performing manipulations of physical objects in the real world (physical tasks). Existing systems supporting such collaboration often confine collaborators in fixed desktop settings. Therefore they have limited usefulness in situations in which collaborators are mobile and/or desktop settings are not feasible. In this paper, we present HandsInAir, a wearable system for remote guidance. This system is designed to support mobility of the collaborators and provide easy access to remote expertise. HandsInAir draws on the richness of hand gestures for remote guiding and implements a novel approach that supports unmediated remote gestures and allows the helper to perform natural gestures by hands without the need of a physical support. We review related work, describe technical implementation, and present a usability study demonstrating the usefulness and usability of HandsInAir.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Wearable computing, Remote collaboration, Mobile collaboration, Remote gestures
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Library and information studies
Research Field:Human information interaction and retrieval
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the information and computing sciences
UTAS Author:Huang, W (Dr Tony Huang)
ID Code:90137
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2014-03-27
Last Modified:2017-11-13

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