Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces

, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp 161–180 | Cite as

Study on generic tangible objects used to collaborate remotely on RFID tabletops

  • Amira Bouabid
  • Sophie Lepreux
  • Christophe Kolski
Original Paper


Having the tools to work remotely with other people is one of the ambitions of people who work in a group context. In fact they have to move and to link their team-work in order to collaborate on one or several tasks. This paper describes a study on an innovative system designed to support remote collaborative applications on tabletops with tangible interaction. We propose a set of generic tangible objects. They model a set of collaborative styles which are possible between tabletop users. Our goal is to study the usability of and satisfaction with such objects that provide remote collaboration among users of interactive tabletops for tangible interaction. An application adapted to remote collaboration was tested in the laboratory with adult participants. Twelve test groups, each composed of three participants, tested a distributed application for the learning and recognition of colors. Our analysis, supported by observations, log file analysis and questionnaires, focuses on whether the use of generic objects to collaborate remotely is easy and understandable for users. It also considers user satisfaction when using the distributed tabletop with tangible objects.


Tangible interaction Tabletop Remote collaboration Tangiget RFID 



The authors warmly thank the 36 participants in the study. They also thank Steve Gabet for his efficient help in the programming of the distributed application and the study, and Bako Rajanoah for her help during the definition of the experimental protocol. The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their numerous constructive remarks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LAMIH-UMR CNRS 8201University of ValenciennesValenciennes Cedex 9France
  2. 2.SETITUniversity of SfaxSfaxTunisia

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