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TinyBlackBox: Recovering the Lost Interactions of Mobile In-the-Wild Studies

Kyle Montague, André Rodrigues, Hugo Nicolau and Tiago Guerreiro

The 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Posters and Demos (ASSETS 2015)
Lisbon, Portugal, October 26-28, 2015


Most work investigating mobile HCI is carried out within a controlled laboratory setting; these spaces are not representative of the real-world environments for which the technology will predominantly be used. The result of which can produce a skewed or inaccurate understand of interaction behaviors and users’ abilities. While mobile in-the-wild studies provide more realistic representations of technology usage, there are additional challenges to conducting data collection outside of the lab. In this paper we discuss these challenges and present TinyBlackBox, a standalone data collection framework to support mobile in-the-wild studies with today’s smartphone and tablet devices.

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