Social display...We can see what you are doing on your mobile device

Pradthana Jarusriboonchai, Aris Malapaschas, Thomas Olsson, Kaisa Väänänen

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    Mobile devices have become powerful in terms of computing and supporting various human activities. People have moved some of their activities that earlier have been done with dedicated artifacts to mobile devices. However, due to the rather private and personal interfaces of mobile devices, activities that earlier were easily observable by surrounding others have become private, decreasing the surroundings people's awareness of a mobile user's activity and thus the possibilities for serendipitous interactions. We developed a prototype called social display; it provides light-weight visual cues about mobile user's current activity with the device. The cues are displayed on a display attached to the backside of the user's mobile device. We present the concept, explain the design decisions and briefly report key findings from, first, a focus group study and, second, a field trial study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCSCW '16 Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9781450339506
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


    ConferenceACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • Activity awareness
    • Backside display
    • Collocated interaction
    • Face-to-face interaction
    • Field study
    • Personal interface
    • Social display
    • Social interaction
    • User trial

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Human-Computer Interaction


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