Investigating menu discoverability on a digital tabletop in a public setting

A. Mindy Seto, Stacey D. Scott, and Mark Hancock. In Proc. ITS, pp. 71-80, 2012.

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A common challenge to the design of digital tabletops for public settings is how to effectively invite and guide pass-ersby—who often have no prior experience with such tech-nology—to interact using unfamiliar interaction methods and interfaces. We characterize such enticement from the system interface as the system’s discoverability. A particu-lar challenge to modern surface interfaces is the discovera-bility of system functionality: does the system require ges-tures? are there system menus? if so, how are they invoked? This research focuses on the discoverability of system men-us on digital tabletops designed for public settings. An ob-servational study of menu invocation methods in a museum setting is reported. Study findings suggest that discernible and recognizable interface elements, such as buttons, sup-ported by the use of animation, can effectively attract and guide the discovery of menus. Design recommendations for improving menu discoverability are also presented.

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@INPROCEEDINGS { Seto:2012:menus,
    AUTHOR = { A. Mindy Seto and Stacey D. Scott and Mark Hancock },
    TITLE = { Investigating Menu Discoverability on a Digital Tabletop in a Public Setting },
    BOOKTITLE = { Proc. ITS },
    YEAR = { 2012 },
    PAGES = { 71-80 },
    NUMPAGES = { 10 },
    DOI = { 10.1145/2396636.2396647 },