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MTAGIC: Co-Designing Intelligent Interfaces Update

In our previous post on this project, we discussed getting design input from children for designing intelligent interfaces such as speech, gesture, and touch. We are collaborating with Jason Yip from University of Washington on this project. Jason is the director of KidsTeam UW, where he is co-designing new technologies with children and families.

MTAGIC Project: Tabletop Collaboration

We are currently extending our previous research [1,2,3] on children’s touch and gesture interaction patterns to interactive tabletop computers as well as looking at the collaboration between children on the multi-touch tabletop. We are looking at how to scaffold positive collaboration on the tabletop with children ages 5 to 10.

MTAGIC Project Update: Co-Designing Intelligent Interfaces with Children

As seen in our previous research [1, 2, 3], recognition of children’s gesture input is not as accurate as it is for adults, and children have more difficulty with touch interactions. These findings show that intelligent user interfaces such as touch, gesture, and speech can pose challenges for children because the system is not always able to understand what the children meant to do. We are exploring the idea of getting design input from children for designing intelligent interfaces to help overcome these challenges.

MTAGIC: CHI Presentation

In the last post, we mentioned that our paper on the MTAGIC study - “Characterizing How Interface Complexity Affects Children's Touchscreen Interactions” - was accepted to CHI 2016, a top conference for Human Computer Interaction! The paper focused on whether interface complexity had an effect on touch and gesture interactions for children and adults.

MTAGIC: CHI 2016 paper accepted!

In the last post, we had submitted our paper on the MTAGIC study findings and were waiting to find out if it was accepted. Our paper, “Characterizing How Interface Complexity Affects Children's Touchscreen Interactions”, was accepted to CHI 2016, a top conference for Human Computer Interaction! The paper focused on whether interface complexity had an effect on touch and gesture interactions. Here is the abstract:

MTAGIC Update: Target Analysis

In our last update about MTAGIC we were validating the data and starting to do analysis and looking for patterns. Since then we have finished our analysis and have submitted a paper to a conference on human computer interaction. Some aspects that we looked at during our target analysis was touch pressure and size, response time, and the effect of holdovers which we classify as when touches are located in the same vicinity as the previous target, instead of the current target.

MTAGIC Update – Searching for Patterns

In our last update we had just finished running the study and we were just about to start analyzing the data. Since then we have been focusing on validating all of the data and working on the analysis. We have been looking at all of the touch data and made pivot tables and graphs in excel to look for patterns. We finished replicating all of the data analysis from the previous papers and now are looking at and thinking of new trends and ideas to implement and analyze.

MTAGIC project update: effect of context

On the MTAGIC project we have been working on developing better touchscreen interfaces for children, starting with understanding how kids actually use touchscreens and whether this differs from how adults do. We've seen evidence in our earlier studies that kids' touch input and gesture input patterns do differ from adults' in ways that are hard for current software to accommodate [1,2]. We are continuing our work this fall by looking in more depth at these factors.

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