Direct Interaction with Multi-Functional Digital Pens in Collaborative Virtual Environments
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
Christine B. Glaser
PhD Student, Center for Communication System Research
Dr. Amy Tan
University of Surrey, Centre for Communication System Research