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Social display...We can see what you are doing on your mobile device

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSCW '16 Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450339506
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing -
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceACM conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
Period1/01/00 → …


Mobile devices have become powerful in terms of computing and supporting various human activities. People have moved some of their activities that earlier have been done with dedicated artifacts to mobile devices. However, due to the rather private and personal interfaces of mobile devices, activities that earlier were easily observable by surrounding others have become private, decreasing the surroundings people's awareness of a mobile user's activity and thus the possibilities for serendipitous interactions. We developed a prototype called social display; it provides light-weight visual cues about mobile user's current activity with the device. The cues are displayed on a display attached to the backside of the user's mobile device. We present the concept, explain the design decisions and briefly report key findings from, first, a focus group study and, second, a field trial study.


  • Activity awareness, Backside display, Collocated interaction, Face-to-face interaction, Field study, Personal interface, Social display, Social interaction, User trial

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Field of science, Statistics Finland