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

Michael Crabb, Garreth W. Tigwell

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Abstract

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 publicationACM Conference in Computer Human Interaction 2020
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020

Keywords

  • User experience
  • surface texture
  • materiality

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    Crabb, M., & Tigwell, G. W. (2020). Household Surface Interactions: Understanding User Input Preferences and Perceived Home Experiences. In ACM Conference in Computer Human Interaction 2020 Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376856