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Collaborating around vertical and horizontal large interactive displays: Which way is best?

Rogers, Y; Lindley, S; (2004) Collaborating around vertical and horizontal large interactive displays: Which way is best? Interacting with Computers , 16 (6) pp. 1133-1152. 10.1016/j.intcom.2004.07.008.

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Abstract

Large interactive displays are increasingly being placed in work and public settings. An assumption is that the shared surface they provide can facilitate collaboration among co-located groups. An exploratory study was carried out to investigate this claim, and, in particular, to examine the effects of the physical orientation of a display on group working. Two conditions were compared: vertical versus horizontal. A number of differences were found. In the horizontal condition group members switched more between roles, explored more ideas and had a greater awareness of what each other was doing. In the vertical condition groups found it more difficult to collaborate around the display. A follow-up study explored how participants, who had previous experience of using both displays, determined how to work together when provided with both kinds of display. The groups exhibited a more efficient and coordinated way of working but less collaboration in terms of the sharing and discussion of ideas. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: Collaborating around vertical and horizontal large interactive displays: Which way is best?
DOI: 10.1016/j.intcom.2004.07.008
Keywords: Collaborative co-located working, Display technology, Large interactive surfaces
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1367474
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