Touch, click, navigate: Comparing tabletop and desktop interaction for map navigation tasks

Elham Beheshti*, Anne Van Devender, Michael Horn

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Abstract

Multi-touch tabletops and desktop computers offer different affordances for interaction with digital maps. Previous research suggests that these differences may affect how a person navigates in the world. To test this idea we randomly assigned 22 participants to one of two conditions. Participants used the interfaces to complete a series of tasks in which they interacted with a digital map of a fictitious city and then attempted to navigate through a corresponding virtual world. However, based on participant performance, we find no evidence that interface type affects navigation ability. We discuss map navigation strategies across the two conditions and analyze multi-touch gestures used by participants in the tabletop condition. Finally, based on these analyses, we consider implications for the design of interactive map interfaces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces
Pages205-213
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2012
Event7th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2012 - Cambridge, MA, United States
Duration: Nov 11 2012Nov 14 2012

Other

Other7th ACM International Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces, ITS 2012
CountryUnited States
CityCambridge, MA
Period11/11/1211/14/12

Keywords

  • gestures
  • interactive surfaces
  • map interfaces
  • multi-touch tabletops
  • navigation
  • spatial ability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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    Beheshti, E., Van Devender, A., & Horn, M. (2012). Touch, click, navigate: Comparing tabletop and desktop interaction for map navigation tasks. In ITS 2012 - Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (pp. 205-213) https://doi.org/10.1145/2396636.2396669