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Gestures in the Wild: Studying Multi-Touch Gesture Sequences on Interactive Tabletop Exhibits

This is a completed project.


We conducted a field study at the Vancouver Aquarium to investigate how visitors interact with a large interactive tabletop exhibit using multi-touch gestures. Our observational study provides a holistic view on the choice and use of multi-touch gestures in exhibition spaces. Our findings show that multitouch gestures that were used to trigger responses from media items presented on the tabletop display are not executed in isolation but linked into sequences where interaction and social context influence the choice of subsequent gestures. This indicates that gesture design needs to consider the transitions between gestures and the general flow of gesture sequences. We therefore suggest considering both the interaction and the social context in which the gestures are embedded when designing multi-touch interaction for public walkup- and-use installations.


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