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Caused by the proceeding digitalization, real services of many domains were projected onto digital ones. Thus, a lot of social and physical values of real environments (e. g. face-to-face contact, spatial orientation, tangible media objects) got lost due to the duality of real and virtual services. This project proposes a paradigm shift, away from building separated virtual worlds to embedding information technology into the social and physical world of a library.

One approach to apply this paradigm shift will be introduced as the concept of the Blended Library, which makes use of the physical and social skills of a user within the library of the future. The theoretical foundation of this work is provided by embodiment theory, which is increasingly becoming relevant when designing integrated work environments. This theory reveals requirements for digital systems, which can only be met by a new generation of user interfaces. Therefore, Conceptual Blending is proposed as tool for creating these new user interfaces.

  • FB Informatik und Informationswissenschaft
  • LS Datenbanken und Informationssysteme
  • LS Mensch - Computer Interaktion
    Gebhardt, Christoph; Rädle, Roman; Reiterer, Harald (2014): Employing Blended Interaction to Blend the Qualities of Digital and Physical Books i i-com ; 13 (2014), 3. - S. 36-42. - ISSN 1618-162X. - eISSN 2196-6826  

Employing Blended Interaction to Blend the Qualities of Digital and Physical Books

Gebhardt, Christoph; Rädle, Roman; Reiterer, Harald

This paper presents Integrative Workplace, a system which blends the qualities of digital and physical sources by augmenting physical books with properties of digital books and vice versa. On the base of Blended Interaction, we designed a system which helps users to interact with the new and unfamiliar functionality of digitally augmented books. In a user study, law students employed Integrative Workplace to work on a legal case. The positive feedback of participants indicated that we managed to design a system which is usable in a professional context. Furthermore, the study revealed evidence that digitally well-established concepts are a part of users’ reality and need to be considered in the design of new user interfaces. The results of this user study encourage us to continue to use Blended Interaction in the design process of novel user interfaces with an unfamiliar functionality.

Herkunft (Projekte)

Name Kennziffer Beschreibung Laufzeit
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg-01.01.2011 – 31.12.2011
Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg-01.01.2012 – 31.12.2012
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Laufzeit: 01.01.2011 – 31.12.2013
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