Guidelines for Designing Awareness-Augmented Mobile DUIs

Barrett Ens, Rasit Eskicioglu, Pourang Irani

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Colocated groups using mobile devices do not share all of the benefits of face-to-face collaborators. Close interaction requires application support for awareness features, allowing participants to establish common ground. Following an overview of research on awareness and grounding, the results of an informal user study are presented, which demonstrate how current systems can deter users from engaging in close collaboration. Literature on awareness provides hope for improving this situation, but a naive transfer to mobile distributed user interfaces will not necessarily succeed. From prior art, a concise list of guidelines has been compiled to assist designers in providing awareness information to users of shared mobile workspaces. These guidelines can also serve as heuristics for the evaluation of future systems. An example is provided to demonstrate how these guidelines can be applied to the development of features for providing awareness of current location and browsing history to colocated users of mobile distributed user interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-736
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Interaction
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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