It is quite common for individuals to have access to and be regular users of multiple computing systems. Many have desktops/laptops at home and/or work and/or school. Smart mobile devices such as telephones, netbook computers and tablet computers represent the majority of computing systems worldwide. Entertainment systems represent yet another form of access to powerful computing functionality. A major research question has been whether this multiplicity of computing systems, each with its own interface capabilities, provides a benefit or a distraction to users. How would you address this question?
You can draw upon your responses to the following scenarios:
- Consider the multiple computing systems that you have access to. Compare the interface capabilities, features and metaphors present in each. Which capabilities are dependent upon where the device is used, and/or how the device is used?
- You may not have a choice in the use of some computing systems (e.g. those at home or at work), but with others you may. How important to you are the interface capabilities of a computing system? How likely would you be to select a device based upon the similarity of interface capabilities (e.g. if you were an iPhone user, would you be more attracted to an Apple Macbook Air because of interface similarities)?