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

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      Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK (HCI)

      British HCI Group Annual Conference

      3 - 7 September 2007

      Mobile technology, lab-based evaluation technique

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          Increasingly, 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 reallife 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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                Contributors
                Conference
                September 2007
                September 2007
                : 1-10
                Affiliations
                National Research Council – Institute for Information Technology

                46 Dineen Drive

                Fredericton, NB, Canada E3B 9W4
                Faculty of Computer Science

                University of New Brunswick

                540 Windsor Street

                Fredericton, NB

                Canada E3B 5A3
                10.14236/ewic/HCI2007.10
                © Murray Crease et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Proceedings of HCI 2007 The 21st British HCI Group Annual Conference University of Lancaster, UK
                HCI
                21
                Lancaster, UK
                3 - 7 September 2007
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                British HCI Group Annual Conference
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                Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
                Categories
                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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