A Technique for Incorporating Dynamic Paths in Lab-Based Mobile Evaluations

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ConferenceProceedings of The 21rst British Computer Society (BCS) HCI Annual Conference, September 3, 2007., Lancaster, United Kingdom
AbstractIncreasingly, lab evaluations of mobile applications are incorporating mobility. The inclusion of mobility alone, however, is insufficient to generate a realistic evaluation context since real-life users will typically be required to monitor their environment while moving through it. While field evaluations represent a more realistic evaluation context, such evaluations pose difficulties including data capture and environmental control which mean that a lab-based evaluation is often a more practical choice. This paper describes a novel evaluation technique that mimics a realistic mobile usage context in a lab setting. The technique requires that participants monitor their environment and change the route they are walking to avoid dynamically changing hazards (much as real-life users would be required to do). Two studies that employed this technique are described, and the results (which indicate the technique is useful) are discussed.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number49366
NPARC number8914004
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