Original Article

Personal and Ubiquitous Computing

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 238-249

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HMD versus PDA: a comparative study of the user out-of-box experience

  • T. SerifAffiliated withDepartment of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University Email author 
  • , G. GhineaAffiliated withDepartment of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University

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The out-of-box experience (OOBE) has been identified as a significant factor contributing to user perception and acceptance of products and technologies. Whilst there has been considerable emphasis placed on formalising methodological procedures for evaluating the OOBE and on the creation of positive user experiences through appropriate interfaces and applications, relatively little work has been undertaken examining how the OOBE is impacted when the experience itself covers a range of (possibly interconnected) devices. In this paper we report the results of an empirical study which examined the OOBE when a Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) and Head Mounted Device (HMD) were configured and then connected for inter-operability purposes. Our findings show that type of device has a considerable impact on the OOBE, with the ask of interconnecting devices having a detrimental effect on the OOBE. The OOBE, however, is in main unaffected by user type and gender.


OOBE Head mounted display Personal digital assistant Interconnection User type Gender