Informatics, TU Vienna

Tablets in space: How spatially-aware interaction with mobile devices can improve cognition and collaboration

I will talk about our new technology HuddleLamp that tracks the positions of multiple uninstrumented, off-the-shelf mobile devices in a room or on a desk.


I will talk about our new technology HuddleLamp that tracks the positions of multiple uninstrumented, off-the-shelf mobile devices in a room or on a desk. This real-time information about the spatial (or proxemic) relations between devices enables new designs of cross-device interactions and distributed applications. Apart from demonstrating the potential of such cross-device interaction for (collaborative) sensemaking, visualization, or knowledge work, I will also talk about different studies in which we elicited cross-device gestures from users or experimentally determined the effect of physically moving devices or hands in space on human cognition (e.g. memory performance).


Since Jan 2015, Hans-Christian Jetter is a newly appointed Professor for User Experience and Interaction Design at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria in Hagenberg. His research interests lie in the field of spatially-aware, gestural, or tangible interactions across multiple devices, for example when using multiple tablets, tabletops, or interactive walls in concert for collaborative knowledge work or information visualization.
Before joining Hagenberg, Christian worked as a post doc with Yvonne Rogers and Nicolai Marquardt at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities at University College London (see for example HuddleLamp). He received his PhD from Harald Reiterer at the University of Konstanz where he worked on zoomable and object-oriented user interfaces for collaboration in multi-user and multi-display environments. Christian also worked as an intern and research visitor at Microsoft Research Cambridge where he explored the use of novel collaborative tools for tabletops and tablets together with scientists from the NanoPhotonics Centre of the University of Cambridge.


This talk is organized by the OutsideTheBox Researchproject at the Institute of Design and Assessment of Technology.