Eliciting user-sourced interaction mappings for body-based interfaces

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Date created: 
2015-07-08
Identifier: 
etd9072
Keywords: 
Interaction design
Whole body natural user interfaces
Bottom-up design
Intuitive interaction
Image schema
Conceptual metaphor theory
Abstract: 

Thanks to technological advancements, whole-body natural user interfaces are becoming increasingly common in modern homes and public spaces. However, because whole-body natural user interfaces lack obvious affordances, users can be unsure how to control the interface. In this thesis, I report the findings of a study of novice and expert users mock controlling a balance-based whole-body natural user interface during a Think Aloud task. I compare the strategies demonstrated by participants while controlling the whole-body natural user interfaces and match them with known categories of interaction mappings (metaphoric, isomorphic, and conventional). My findings indicate that designing whole-body natural user interfaces around conventions is useful for novice users, while expert users are more likely to expect metaphors.

Document type: 
Thesis
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This thesis may be printed or downloaded for non-commercial research and scholarly purposes. Copyright remains with the author.
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Senior supervisor: 
Alissa Antle
Carman Neustaedter
Department: 
Communication, Art & Technology:
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.
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