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Remote Collaboration Support on Physical Tasks: Exploring Handheld and Hands-free Setups

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Collaborative work involving teams and individuals distributed across the globe is an inevitable trend. Because of that, the expertise is getting increasingly distributed and we have seen a growing need for technologies to support remote collaboration. Despite this need, the differences of technologies used to support remote collaboration are unknown, especially considering different kinds of physical tasks, such as analytical tasks and construction tasks. In order to better understand their impact on collaborative behaviors, perceptions, and performance, we conducted a lab setting study to evaluate two different arrangements of technology: a handheld model and a hands-free model. These models were compared for both, analytical and construction tasks. Our results suggest us that hands-free setting is more suitable for analytical tasks, while the handheld setting is more suitable for construction tasks. These differences among technological setups for remote collaboration on physical tasks motivate additional studies, especially long-term studies in natural settings, which could investigate aspects of collaboration that may not have been explored on our lab setting study.


  • Remote collaboration
  • Handheld
  • Hands-free
  • Physical tasks

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Frâncila Weidt Neiva and Wallace Ugulino are partially supported by CAPES. Marcos R.S. Borges is partially supported by grants No. 484030/2013-2, and 308149/2015-7 (CNPq), and grant # E-05/215.285/2015 (FAPERJ). Adriana S. Vivacqua is partially supported by grant No. 309171/2015-6 (CNPQ) and grant # E-26/202.753/2015 (FAPERJ). The authors also thank the participants in the experiment for their patience and cooperation.

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Neiva, F.W., Bittencourt, V., Ugulino, W., Borges, M.R.S., Vivacqua, A.S. (2016). Remote Collaboration Support on Physical Tasks: Exploring Handheld and Hands-free Setups. In: Yuizono, T., Ogata, H., Hoppe, U., Vassileva, J. (eds) Collaboration and Technology. CRIWG 2016. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 9848. Springer, Cham.

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