Household Surface Interactions: Understanding User Input Preferences and Perceived Home Experiences

Garreth W. Tigwell, Michael Crabb

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Households contain a variety of surfaces that are used in a number of activity contexts. As ambient technology becomes commonplace in our homes, it is only a matter of time before these surfaces become linked to computer systems for Household Surface Interaction (HSI). However, little is known about the user experience attached to HSI, and the potential acceptance of HSI within modern homes. To address this problem, we ran a mixed methods user study with 39 participants to examine HSI using nine household surfaces and five common gestures (tap, press, swipe, drag, and pinch). We found that under the right conditions, surfaces with some amount of texture can enhance HSI. Furthermore, perceived good and poor user experience varied among participants for surface type indicating individual preferences. We present findings and design considerations based on surface characteristics and the challenges that users perceive they may have with HSI within their homes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '20
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781450367080
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020
EventCHI 2020: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Oahu, United States
Duration: 25 Apr 202030 Apr 2020


ConferenceCHI 2020
Abbreviated titleCHI 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • User experience
  • surface texture
  • materiality
  • user experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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