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Symmetry 2018, 10(3), 69; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym10030069

Enabling Symmetric Collaboration in Public Spaces through 3D Mobile Interaction

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SIAT, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3, Canada
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School of Engineering and ICT, University of Tasmania, Launceston, TAS 7248, Australia
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Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, VIC 3122, Australia
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Faculty of Physical Engineering/Computer Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Zwickau, Zwickau 08056, Germany
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Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia
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Received: 2 February 2018 / Revised: 23 February 2018 / Accepted: 12 March 2018 / Published: 16 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry in Cooperative Applications III)
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Collaboration has been common in workplaces in various engineering settings and in our daily activities. However, how to effectively engage collaborators with collaborative tasks has long been an issue due to various situational and technical constraints. The research in this paper addresses the issue in a specific scenario, which is how to enable users to interact with public information from their own perspective. We describe a 3D mobile interaction technique that allows users to collaborate with other people by creating a symmetric and collaborative ambience. This in turn can increase their engagement with public displays. In order to better understand the benefits and limitations of this technique, we conducted a usability study with a total of 40 participants. The results indicate that the 3D mobile interaction technique promotes collaboration between users and also improves their engagement with the public displays. View Full-Text
Keywords: usability testing; cooperative application; mobile devices; 3D mobile interaction; 3D user interfaces usability testing; cooperative application; mobile devices; 3D mobile interaction; 3D user interfaces
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Machuca, M.D.B.; Chinthammit, W.; Huang, W.; Wasinger, R.; Duh, H. Enabling Symmetric Collaboration in Public Spaces through 3D Mobile Interaction. Symmetry 2018, 10, 69.

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