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Cross-device taxonomy: Survey, opportunities and challenges of interactions spanning across multiple devices

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  • Frederik Brudy, University College London
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  • Christian Holz, Microsoft Research
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  • Roman Rädle
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  • Chi Jui Wu, Lancaster University
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  • Steven Houben, Lancaster University
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  • Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose
  • Nicolai Marquardt, University College London

Designing interfaces or applications that move beyond the bounds of a single device screen enables new ways to engage with digital content. Research addressing the opportunities and challenges of interactions with multiple devices in concert is of continued focus in HCI research. To inform the future research agenda of this field, we contribute an analysis and taxonomy of a corpus of 510 papers in the cross-device computing domain. For both new and experienced researchers in the field we provide: an overview, historic trends and unified terminology of cross-device research; discussion of major and under-explored application areas; mapping of enabling technologies; synthesis of key interaction techniques spanning across multiple devices; and review of common evaluation strategies. We close with a discussion of open issues. Our taxonomy aims to create a unified terminology and common understanding for researchers in order to facilitate and stimulate future cross-device research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication yearMay 2019
ISBN (electronic)9781450359702
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019


Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019
LandUnited Kingdom
SeriesConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Research areas

  • Cross-device computing, Cross-device interaction, Cross-surface, Distributed user interfaces, Multi-device, Survey, Taxonomy

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