Summary EasyGroups allow for ad-hoc group creation by bumping devices together. After collaboration, flipping the first phone in the group down will disband the group.
Description EasyGroups allows binding devices into ad hoc groups. This is carried out by the owner of the group launching a special application and touching the phones of other members of the group with his phone. This results in adding the devices to a group and specifies their order. Once all devices have been added, the owner of the group sets his phone on the table and the group members engage in joint activities, such as passing around photographs. Picking up a group member’s device allows adding new members to a group or leaving an existing group. A new member can be added by the same touching mechanism and he will be positioned next in line to the person who added him. Closing a group is achieved by picking up the owner’s device and flipping it upside down.
Design motivation Creating engaging experiences
Design goal Creating integrated workspaces, Fostering collaboration, Improving information management across devices, Supporting design of interfaces for dynamic collections of devices, Supporting interaction in a free manner, Supporting joint interaction with information across devices
Device type Private
Enabling technology Alternative forms of input, Haptics, Physical object identification, Sensors
Theory
Reference Lucero, A., Jokela, T., Palin, A., Aaltonen, V., & Nikara, J. (2012). EasyGroups: binding mobile devices for collaborative interactions. In CHI'12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 2189-2194). ACM.
Pattern family Display Grouping
Cites Bumping, SyncTap, Stitching, TranSticks
Cited by
Related to Bumping
Examples Easygroup-example.png
Diagram Diagram for EasyGroups.png

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