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Papyrus - Design and Evaluation of a Dual Display Notebook PC Form Factor enabling Writing/Annotation and Parallel Tasking

Ajmera, Rahul; Borgaonkar, Shekhar; Madhvanath, Sriganesh; Amulya, Joy; Kozhissery, Ramesh
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): Dual screen notebook, Stylus entry, multi-tasking, pen interaction, parallel tasks

Abstract: In this paper, we present Papyrus, a dual-display form factor for a notebook PC, featuring a large touch- screen display mounted in place of the track-pad. The new form factor is motivated by the abundant evidence in support of multiple displays for performing a variety of everyday tasks, and the need to support seamless switching between typing on the one hand, and writing and annotation on the other. We describe salient aspects of the design of this dualdisplay notebook and some specific interactions we designed to support common tasks. We also present the results of a large user study that was conducted to understand the subjective preferences between a conventional notebook and Papyrus. The results indicate that the new form factor is preferred by the users within the task conditions. We also discuss some interesting insights about the challenges of designing interactions for such form factors for e.g. cursor switching between discontinuous display surfaces.

10 Pages

External Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: April 21, 2009 [Fulltext]

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