Fighting for control: Children's embodied interactions when using physical and digital representations

Paul Marshall, Rowanne Fleck, Amanda Harris, Jochen Rick, Eva Hornecker, Yvonne Rogers, Nicola Yuill, Nick Dalton

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Tabletop and tangible interfaces are often described in terms of their support for shared access to digital resources. However, it is not always the case that collaborators want to share and help one another. In this paper we detail a video-analysis of a series of prototyping sessions with children who used both cardboard objects and an interactive tabletop surface. We show how the material qualities of the digital interface and physical objects affect the kinds of bodily strategies adopted by children to stop others from accessing them. We discuss how children fight for and maintain control of physical versus digital objects in terms of embodied interaction and what this means when designing collaborative applications for shareable interfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-246-7
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventProceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


ConferenceProceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems
Period1/01/09 → …

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