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Published on May 10, 2016
LivingDesktop: Augmenting Desktop Workstation with Actuated Devices (ACM CHI'16)
Gilles Bailly, Sidharth Sahdev, Sylvain Malacria, Thomas Pietrzak
We investigate the potential benefits of actuated devices for the desktop workstation which remains the most used envi- ronment for daily office works. A formative study reveals that the desktop workstation is not a fixed environment be- cause users manually change the position and the orienta- tion of their devices. Based on these findings, we present the LivingDesktop, an augmented desktop workstation with devices (mouse, keyboard, monitor) capable of moving au- tonomously. We describe interaction techniques and applica- tions illustrating how actuated desktop workstations can im- prove ergonomics, foster collaboration, leverage context and reinforce physicality. Finally, the findings of a scenario eval- uation are (1) the perceived usefulness of ergonomics and col- laboration applications; (2) how the LivingDesktop inspired our participants to elaborate novel accessibility and social ap- plications; (3) the location and user practices should be con- sidered when designed actuated desktop devices.