Handheld CSCW

Albrecht Schmidt, Markus Lauff and Michael Beigl

TecO - Telecooperation Office - University of Karlsruhe
Vincenz-Prie▀nitz-Str. 1 - 76131 Karlsruhe - GERMANY

{albrecht, markus, michael}@teco.uni-karlsruhe.de

Abstract.

In this paper we explore and demonstrate possible contribution of handheld computing in the field of computer supported cooperative work (CSCW). Based on a survey of the CSCW-conference series we discovered that most research is concentrated on support of distributed collaboration. Based on a definition for handheld computing and an extensive description of new options provided by handheld devices we suggest new application domains in CSCW. In the second part we discuss two of these domains, namely the support for co-located cooperating humans and for environment-mediated collaborative work, in more depth. In the first context we present a heterogeneous infrared communication application for meeting support. In the second we present a framework and experiments that concentrate on the question how location can be exploited for CSCW.

Keywords.

Handheld Computing, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Co-Located Cooperation, Environment-Mediated Collaboration

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