GlowPhones: Designing for Proxemics Play with Low-Resolution Displays in Location-based Games

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  • Timothy Robert Merritt, Department of Computer Science, Aalborg University
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  • Christine Linding Nielsen
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  • Frederik Lund Jakobsen
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  • Jens Emil Grønbæk
Location-based mobile games often utilize built-in sensors for supporting game experiences tied to the physical world, yet the visual user interface remains constrained to the small high-resolution screen. GlowPhones is a location-based mobile social game using low-resolution displays to augment the physical space and move the attention away from the mobile screen. Players explore the physical world and collaborate to overcome challenges relying on the screen glow intensity emitted from the phone’s screen and light flash frequency of the camera flash for navigation. Three game stages explore proxemics play using low-resolution light displays designed to require social competition, physical cooperation and bodily contact challenging cultural norms. A user study was conducted in a public forest during the night. Spatial analysis of proxemics and F-formations in conjunction with a Game Experience Questionnaire provide insights about the experiential and socio-spatial qualities of low-resolution displays. Qualitative examples offer new strategies for proxemics play.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play : CHI PLAY '17
Number of pages13
Place of publicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year15 Oct 2017
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-4898-0
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2017
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LocationColorado Convention Center
LandUnited States
SeriesProceedings of CHI'17

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