New MIS-2 Mobile Study Released
We have released a new report:
Axup, J., & Viller, S. (2006). Co-creating New Mobile Devices for Groups During Field Trips: MIS-2 Study, ITEE Technical Reports (No. 460). http://eprint.uq.edu.au/archive/00003610/
This is the second iteration of the MIS-1 study. The new study introduced mobile prototypes and more observers into the same study structure as used previously. The studies aim to understand the behaviour of the Australian backpacking community and investigate how to introduce new mobile technologies into existing social systems.
Here is the absract:
The second iteration of the Mobile Information Sharing studies (MIS-2) aimed to validate results from the previous study and to introduce mobile low-fidelity prototypes in a natural tourist activity. Seven foam prototypes with fictional functionality descriptions were carried and used by backpackers during the course of a tourist field trip. The trip consisted of walking through a city centre to a boat, taking a boat cruise, walking around an animal park and then taking the same journey back to their hostel. Backpackers added features and discussed these devices in a workshop. Variations to previous research methods included increased use of digital cameras and the use of three simultaneous observers for ethnographic observation. A repetition of the previous social pairing activity was conducted which explored different types of social ties with more participants.
Study results include a rich understanding of travel conversation, in-situ effects of mobile device usage, and verification of research methods. Subgroups of participants within the study didn’t communicate much between each other and provided an interesting case of backpackers failing to connect even though they desired to. A field trip representing a typical tourist activity produced a number of situations where mobile device features were requested by participants. The social pairing activity produced some useful information for participants and provided design recommendations for social pairing systems. 11 design requirements for mobile travel devices were generated from observations and discussions with backpackers. Additional analysis produced 23 proposed product features. Recommendations have been made for improvements to the study design and methods for future mobile group research.