Phone vs. Tangible in Museums

Daniela Petrelli, Sinead O'Brien
2018 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '18  
Despite years of HCI research on digital technology in museums, it is still unclear how different interactions impact on visitors'. A comparative evaluation of smart replicas, phone app and smart cards looked at the personal preferences, behavioural change, and the appeal of mobiles in museums. 76 participants used all three interaction modes and gave their opinions in a questionnaire; participants interaction was also observed. The results show the phone is the most disliked interaction mode
more » ... interaction mode while tangible interaction (smart card and replica combined) is the most liked. Preference for the phone favour mobility to the detriment of engagement with the exhibition. Different behaviours when interacting with the phone or the tangibles where observed. The personal visiting style appeared to be only marginally affected by the device. Visitors also expect museums to provide the phones against the current trend of developing apps in a "bring your own device" approach.
doi:10.1145/3173574.3173686 dblp:conf/chi/PetrelliO18 fatcat:xufhwqwhtveyriffmijiftuhum