A technique for incorporating dynamic paths in lab-based mobile evaluations

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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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Publication date2007
Publication titlePeople and computers XXI HCI...but not as we know it : proceedings of HCI 2007 : the 21st British HCI Group annual conference
EditorsLinden J. Ball, M. Angela Sasse, Corina Sas, Thomas C. Ormerod, Alan Dix, Peter Bagnall, Tom McEwan
PublisherBritish Computer Society
Pages99-108
Number of pages10
Volume1
ISBN (Print)978-1-902505-94-7, 978-1-902505-95-4
Original languageEnglish
Event21st British HCI Group annual conference - University of Lancaster, Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Sep 20077 Sep 2007

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Conference21st British HCI Group annual conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLancaster
Period3/09/077/09/07

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