An Analysis of User Behavior on High-Resolution Tiled Displays

TitleAn Analysis of User Behavior on High-Resolution Tiled Displays
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBall, R, North, C
Conference NameThe Tenth IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT 2005)
Date Published09/2005
PublisherSpringer Berlin / Heidelberg
Other Numberspg. 350-364
KeywordsLarge High Resolution Display, User Behavior

The use of multiple monitors for personal desktop computing is becoming more prevalent as the price of display technology decreases. The use of two monitors for a single desktop has been shown to have performance improvement in several studies. However, few studies have been performed with more than three monitors. As a result, we report an observational analysis of the use of a large tiled display containing nine monitors (in a 3x3 matrix). The total resolution of the large display is 3840x3072, for a total of 11,796,480 pixels. Over the course of six months we observed the behavior and actions of five users who used the display extensively as a desktop. We relate our observations, provide feedback concerning common usage of how people do and do not use the display, provide common scenarios and results of interviews, and give a series of design recommendations and guidelines for future designers of applications for high-resolution, tiled displays.</p>

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