Skip to main content

Usability Testing of the Interaction of Novices with a Multi-touch Table in Semi Public Space

  • Conference paper

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNISA,volume 6762)


Touch-sensitive devices are becoming more and more common. Many people use touch interaction, especially on handheld devices like iPhones or other mobile phones. But the question is, do people really understand the different gestures, i.e., do they know which gesture is the correct one for the intended action and do they know how to transfer the gestures to bigger devices and surfaces? This paper reports the results of usability tests which were carried out in semi public space to explore peoples’ ability to find gestures to navigate on a virtual globe. The globe is presented on a multi-touch-table. Furthermore, the study investigated which additional gestures people use intuitively as compared to the ones which are implemented.


  • Unsuccessful Attempt
  • Novice User
  • Computer Support Collaborative Learn
  • Virtual Globe
  • Constructive Interaction

These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. Als, B.S., Jensen, J.J., Skov, M.B.: Comparison of Think-Aloud and Constructive Interaction in Usability Testing with Children. In: Proceedings of the 2005 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Boulder, pp. 9–16 (2005)

    Google Scholar 

  2. Browne, H., Bederson, B., Druin, A., Sherman, L.: Designing a Collaborative Finger Painting Application for Children. College Park (2000)

    Google Scholar 

  3. Daiber, F., Schöning, J., Krüger, A.: Whole Body Interaction with Geospatial Data. In: Butz, A., Fisher, B., Christie, M., Krüger, A., Olivier, P., Therón, R. (eds.) SG 2009. LNCS, vol. 5531, pp. 81–92. Springer, Heidelberg (2009)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  4. Epps, J., Lichman, S., Wu, M.: A study of hand shape use in tabletop gesture interaction. In: Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 748–753. ACM, Montréal (2006)

    Google Scholar 

  5. Donker, A., Markopoulos, P.: A comparison of think-aloud, questionnaires and interviews for testing usability with children. In: Faulkner, X., Finlay, J., Détienne, F. (Hrsg.) People and Computers XVI: Memorable Yet Invisible, pp. 305–316 (2002)

    Google Scholar 

  6. Harris, A., Rick, J., Bonnett, V., Yuill, N., Fleck, R., Marshall, P., Rogers, Y.: Around the table: are multiple-touch surfaces better than single-touch for children’s collaborative interactions? In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Rhodes 2009, vol. 1, pp. 335–344 (2009)

    Google Scholar 

  7. Hornecker, E.: I don’t understand it either, but it is cool – Visitor Interactions with a Multi-Touch Table in a Museum. In: Proceedings of the 3rd IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human Computer, pp. 121–128. IEEE, Amsterdam (2008)

    Google Scholar 

  8. Markopoulos, P., Bekker, M.: On the assessment of usability testing methods for children. Interacting with Computers 15(2), 227–243 (2003)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  9. Moscovich, T., Hughes, J.F.: Indirect mappings of multi-touch input using one and two hands. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1275–1284. ACM, Florence (2008)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  10. Peltonen, P., Kurvinen, E., Salovaara, A., Jacucci, G., Ilmonen, T., Evans, J., Oulasvirta, A., Saarikko, P.: “It’s Mine, Don’t Touch!”: Interactions at a Large Multi-Touch Display in a City Centre. In: Proceedings of the Twenty-sixth Annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1285–1294. ACM, Florence (2008)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  11. Plichta, M., Nischt, M., Joost, G., Rohs, M.: Touching Newton: a round multi-touch table for collaborative learning among children, Berlin (2005)

    Google Scholar 

  12. Prensky, M.: Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon 9(5), 1–15 (2001)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  13. Rick, J., Harris, A., Marshall, P., Fleck, R., Yuill, N., Rogers, Y.: Children designing together on a multi-touch tabletop: an analysis of spatial orientation and user interactions. In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, Como 2009, pp. 106–114 (2009)

    Google Scholar 

  14. Russell, D.M., Drews, C., Sue, A.: Social Aspects of Using Large Public Interactive Displays for Collaboration. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on UbiComp 2002, Göteborg, pp. 663–670 (2002)

    Google Scholar 

  15. Schöning, J., Hecht, B., Raubal, M., Krüger, A., Marsh, M., Rohs, M.: Improving interaction with virtual globes through spatial thinking: helping users ask “why?”. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces, pp. 129–138. ACM, Gran Canaria (2008)

    Google Scholar 

  16. Tse, E., Shen, C., Greenberg, S., Forlines, C.: Enabling interaction with single user applications through speech and gestures on a multi-user tabletop. In: Proceedings of the Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, pp. 336–343. ACM, Venice (2006)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

  17. Wobbrock, J.O., Morris, M.R., Wilson, A.D.: User-Defined Gestures for Surface Computing. In: Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1083–1092. ACM, Boston (2009)

    Google Scholar 

  18. Wu, M., Balakrishnan, R.: Multi-finger and whole hand gestural interaction techniques for multi-user tabletop displays. In: Proceedings of the 16th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, pp. 193–202. ACM, Vancouver (2003)

    CrossRef  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

Copyright information

© 2011 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg

About this paper

Cite this paper

Jokisch, M., Bartoschek, T., Schwering, A. (2011). Usability Testing of the Interaction of Novices with a Multi-touch Table in Semi Public Space. In: Jacko, J.A. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction. Interaction Techniques and Environments. HCI 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6762. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Download citation

  • DOI:

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-642-21604-6

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-642-21605-3

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)