Cite: R. Stern, A. Kelliher, W. Burleson, L. Tolentino. Sharing the Squid: Tangible Workplace Collaboration, in Proceedings of CHI '08: CHI '08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 2008). April, 2008.
Abstract: Effective communication is central in building trust and negotiating differences in diverse, multidisciplinary working environments. In this paper we discuss a tangible mediated environment designed to facilitate positive social interaction between colleagues in a research workplace. Through our multi-user tangible interface in the form of a plush squid, participants can share media resources and collaborate in a playful and inviting setting. Results from preliminary studies indicate that playful mediated work environments stimulate constructive discourse, strengthen social bonds, and enhance creative output.
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