Summary The conduit uses your body as a data-transferring metaphor - with your non-dominant hand, tap the receiving device; then with your dominant hand, tap the piece of data to transfer - the transfer will go "through your body" from origin to destination.
Description Chen et al. developed a Conduit technique to facilitate information transfer among e-readers in their United Slates system. In this technique the non-dominant hand of the user designates the target device and the dominant hand select the item to be transferred. In this case the user’s body acts an imaginary conduit between the 2 devices, facilitating the file transfer. This technique can also be used to navigate to pages corresponding to a thumbnail selected on another device. In this case one device is used for displaying thumbnail previews and the other one for reading the corresponding pages.
Design motivation Designing new types of interactions, Creating engaging experiences
Design goal Designing new interaction techniques, Improving information management across devices, Supporting joint interaction with information across devices
Device type Private
Enabling technology Networking technologies, Alternative forms of input
Reference Chen, N., Guimbretiere, F., & Sellen, A. (2012). Designing a multi-slate reading environment to support active reading activities. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 19(3), 18.
Pattern family Cross-Device Dragging
Cites Pick-and-Drop, Hyperdrag, ConnecTable, SyncTap, Stitching, Codex
Cited by
Related to Pick-and-Drop, SyncTap, Stitching, Codex, VisPorter
Examples Conduit-example.png
Diagram Diagram for Conduit.png

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