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Announcing the Latest Issue of the IJMHCI

Source: Editor-in-Chief, 11 June 2013

International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) Issue 5(2) Now Available

The contents of the latest issue of: International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)

Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association
Volume 5, Issue 2, April - June 2013
Published: Quarterly in Print and Electronically
ISSN: 1942-390x EISSN: 1942-3918
Published by IGI Publishing, Hershey-New York, USA
www.igi-global.com/ijmhci
Editor-in-Chief: Joanna Lumsden, Aston University, UK

Paper One

From Touchpad to Smart Lens: A Comparative Study on Smartphone Interaction with Public Displays

Matthias Baldauf (FTW Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria),
Peter Fröhlich (FTW Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria),
Jasmin Buchta (FTW Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria)
and Theresa Stürmer (FTW Telecommunications Research Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria)

Today's smartphones provide the technical means to serve as interfaces for public displays in various ways. Even though recent research has identified several new approaches for mobile-display interaction, inter-technique comparisons of respective methods are scarce. The authors conducted an experimental user study on four currently relevant mobile-display interaction techniques ('Touchpad', 'Pointer', 'Mini Video', and 'Smart Lens') and learned that their suitability strongly depends on the task and use case at hand.

The study results indicate that mobile-display interactions based on a traditional touchpad metaphor are time-consuming but highly accurate in standard target acquisition tasks. The direct interaction techniques Mini Video and Smart Lens had comparably good completion times, and especially Mini Video appeared to be best suited for complex visual manipulation tasks like drawing. Smartphone-based pointing turned out to be generally inferior to the other alternatives. Examples for the application of these differentiated results to real-world use cases are provided.

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http://www.igi-global.com/article/touchpad-smart-lens/77620

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http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=77620

Paper Two

Off the Paved Paths: Exploring Nature with a Mobile Augmented Reality Learning Tool

Kimiko Ryokai (School of Information, University of California-Berkley, Berkley, CA, USA)
and Alice Agogino (Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Information, University of California-Berkley, Berkley, CA, USA)

Mobile augmented reality (MAR) is an increasingly popular technology for enhancing how people interact with and learn about the environment and objects in the physical world. However, little is known about what aspects of a MAR interface can enhance student learning and engagement. Building on field observations and interviews with experts, and formative studies on how mobile learners navigate spaces using different interfaces, the authors have designed, built, and evaluated the GreenHat MAR application to help students learn about biodiversity and sustainability issues in their natural environment.

The authors' evaluation of the GreenHat MAR prototypes suggests that in comparison to a digital map on the same smartphone, MAR encouraged students to more carefully scrutinize physical field sites, and led them to make more personal discoveries to the subject matter being learned. They present the iterative design process, results from the authors' studies, and discuss the implications for the design of mobile learning tools.

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http://www.igi-global.com/article/off-paved-paths/77621

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http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=77621

Paper Three

A Systematic Literature Review on Usability Heuristics for Mobile Phones

Luiz Henrique A. Salazar (Departamento de Informática e Estatística,
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brazil),
Thaísa Lacerda (Departamento de Informática e Estatística, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brazil),
Juliane Vargas Nunes (Departamento de Informática e Estatística, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brazil)
and Christiane Gresse von Wangenheim (Departamento de Informática e Estatística, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, SC, Brazil)

For the last decade, mobile phones have been the fastest growing segment of the technology market increasing the importance of interface design for this type of device. Yet, many of the assumptions about user interactions that the authors know from 'traditional' computer usage do not hold true for mobile devices and more specifically for touch-screen phones. A key question is, if usability heuristics tailored to this type of device exist. To answer this question, they conducted a systematic literature review. The authors analyzed the encountered sets of heuristics by mapping them to Nielsen's ten heuristics and identified additional ones specifically proposed for this kind of device.

Their review indicates that research findings with respect to usability heuristics for mobile phones are still extreme sparse. Most of these heuristics are strongly based on 'traditional' ones, not considering comprehensively mobile phone characteristics concerning physical limitations, technology, usage goals, features as well as user characteristics and usage environment. Nevertheless, this article provides a general overview on the state of the art of usability heuristics for mobile phones. This can guide the design and evaluation interfaces for mobile phones as well as provide a starting point for the evolution of such heuristics taking into conside ration more extensively the specific features of mobile phones.

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http://www.igi-global.com/article/systematic-literature-review-usability-heuristics/77622

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http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=77622

Paper Four

Participant Experiences of Mobile Device-Based Diary Studies

Xu Sun (Product Design and Manufacture Group, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham-Ningbo, Ningbo, China),
David Golightly (Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK),
Jo Cranwell (Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) and Human Factors Research Group, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK),
Benjamin Bedwell (Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)
and Sarah Sharples (Human Factors Research Group, Faculty of Engineering, Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK)

Mobile device-based diary studies have potential as contextual data capture methods that address the limitations of the traditional paper-based diary method. While there have been a number of studies that demonstrate the power of the mobile device-based diary approach, there is less known about participants' experience of such studies. This paper presents three cases of mobile data capture to bring together user experiences of participating in diary studies and discuss how this can be fed into the design of methodology.

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http://www.igi-global.com/article/participant-experiences-mobile-device-based/77623

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http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=77623


For full copies of the above articles, check for this issue of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI) in your institution's library. This journal is also included in the IGI Global aggregated "InfoSci-Journals" database.

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