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To be published in Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW'96). Thunderwire: A Field Study of an Audio-Only Media Space
 

Summary: To be published in Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW'96).
Thunderwire: A Field Study of an Audio-Only Media Space
Debby Hindus1, Mark S. Ackerman2, Scott Mainwaring1, and Brian Starr2
1Interval Research 2Information and Computer Science
1801 Page Mill Road University of California, Irvine
Palo Alto, CA 94304 Irvine, CA 92717
{hindus, mainwaring}@interval.com {ackerman, bstarr}@ics.uci.edu
http://www.interval.com/{~hindus, ~mainwaring} http://www.ics.uci.edu/CORPS/ackerman.html
ABSTRACT
To explore the potential of using audio by itself in a shared
media system, we studied a workgroup using an audio-only
media space. This media space, called Thunderwire,
combined high-quality audio with open connections to
create a shared space for its users.
The two-month field study provided a richly nuanced
understanding of this audio space's social use. The system
afforded rich sociable interactions. Indeed, within the field
study, audio by itself afforded a telepresent environment for
its users. However while a usable media space and a useful
social space, Thunderwire required its users to adapt to

  

Source: Ackerman, Mark S. - Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & School of Information, University of Michigan

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences