Direct Interaction with Multi-Functional Digital Pens in Collaborative Virtual Environments

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Conducting Virtual Meetings is a complex and high level process of expressing, discussing, and developing ideas mostly under time pressure. This is because of the distributed nature of remote collaborative environments. Such environments thorough understanding of users’ requirements and must fulfil usability attributes. Studies, conducted in the early nineties, demonstrated that a shared digital workspace requires direct user interaction with electronic devices such as digitized pens. This paper represents results based on questionnaire responses and drawing outcomes of an experiment involving a remote 2-person team route-planning exercise. Two main factors have been considered: user preferences regarding the handling of the pen and the interaction with the related menu interface. Findings showed that users, males and females, demand a multifunctional, all-in-one tool for direct interaction.


Keywords: Remote Team Collaboration, Shared Digital Workspaces, Multi-functional Pen, Direct Parallel Interaction, Workspace Fusion, User Satisfaction
Stream: Human Technologies and Usability
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Direct Interaction with Multi-functional Digital Pens in Collaborative Virtual Environments,


Christine B. Glaser

PhD Student, Center for Communication System Research
I-Lab, University of Surrey

Guildford, Surrey, UK

I studied Media and Communication in combination with Social Anthropolgy at the University of Vienna and graduated in April 2004. In the meantime I worked as a project manager in the advertisment field and decided to go back into research. In Ocotber 2006 I started to do my PhD at the University of Surrey in Human Computer Interaction. This is an interdisciplinary project which combines sociological and technical aspects of Human Computer Interaction. My main interest is to investigate gender differences in human computer interaction. In particular, how to improve technology and its usability for both user groups and how talk-in interaction occurs in collaborative virtual environments.

Dr. Amy Tan

University of Surrey, Centre for Communication System Research 
I-Lab, University of Surrey

Guildford, Surrey, UK


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