A comparison of user preferences for tangible objects vs touch buttons with a map-based tabletop application

Mark Brown, Winyu Chinthammit, Paddy Nixon

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Abstract

Although finger touch is widely expected as the control mechanism for touch tables, tangible object interaction is another, if rarely implemented possibility. Little empirical research exists showing uptake, user engagement, or use preferences for adult users of multi-touch tangible systems (Antle & Wise, 2013; Schneider et al., 2010) with the majority of past research for tangible objects focusing on children (Marshall et al., 2003; Price et al, 2008; Zuckerman et al., 2005). Yet it is adults, as decision makers, who are the true targets of increasingly available commercial multi-touch table applications. By observing the interaction behaviours of 20 participants, this research investigates the appeal of two distinctly different styles of tangible objects compared with their finger touch equivalents. The explorative style study measures user preferences, perceived engagement, fit for purpose, usability, and enjoyment. The aim is to determine how the inclusion of tangible object interaction as part of the interface influences user preferences compares with a touch only system. This provides valuable base information to predict potential uptake and preferences of local adult users for future tangible or hybrid tangible touch systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOzCHI '14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures
Subtitle of host publicationThe Future of Design
EditorsTuck Leong
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages212–215
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450306539
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventOzCHI '14: 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: The Future of Design - Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20145 Dec 2014

Conference

ConferenceOzCHI '14: 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures
Abbreviated titleOzCHI 2014
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period2/12/145/12/14

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    Brown, M., Chinthammit, W., & Nixon, P. (2014). A comparison of user preferences for tangible objects vs touch buttons with a map-based tabletop application. In T. Leong (Ed.), OzCHI '14: Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: The Future of Design (pp. 212–215). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2686612.2686645