Surface ghosts: Promoting awareness of transferred objects during pick-and-drop transfer in multi-surface environments

Stacey D. Scott, Guillaume Besacier, Julie Tournet, Nippun Goyal, Michael Haller

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Abstract

Rekimoto's Pick-and-Drop (P&D) transfer technique is commonly used to support multi-surface object transfer (e.g., between a shared tabletop and tablet) due to its easily understood metaphor of emulating object movement in the physical world. Current multi-surface implementations of P&D provide little to no feedback during transfer, causing confusion for the person performing the action as well as others in the environment. To address this issue, we investigated the use of virtual embodiments to improve awareness of transferred objects, in the context of a real-world group task that relied heavily on cross-device transfer. An iterative design process led to the design of Surface Ghosts virtual embodiments, which take the form of semitransparent "ghosts" of the transferred objects displayed under the "owner's" hand on the tabletop during transfer. A user study that compared two Surface Ghosts designs- varied by how explicitly the "owner" was indicated- showed that both designs improved awareness of transferred objects when compared to a no-feedback control condition, especially for tabletop-to-tablet transfers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITS 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages99-108
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450325875
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2014
Event9th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2014 - Dresden, Germany
Duration: 16 Nov 201419 Nov 2014

Publication series

NameITS 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces

Conference

Conference9th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2014
CountryGermany
CityDresden
Period16.11.201419.11.2014

Keywords

  • Cross device transfer
  • Digital tabletops
  • Multisurface interaction
  • Shared and personal surfaces
  • Tablets

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