Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Portable, But Not Mobile: A Study of Wireless Laptops in the Home

Allison Woodruff, Ken Anderson, Scott D. Mainwaring and Ryan Aipperspach

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2006-88
June 18, 2006

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-88.pdf

We report a qualitative study of the use of physical space and wireless laptops by ten United States households. Although wireless laptops purportedly offer the opportunity and affordances to go ¿anywhere in the home,¿ laptops were generally used in a small set of particular places rather than moving fluidly through the home: wireless laptops were portable, but not mobile per se. We present principles that influence laptop movement in the home. We also present a model of people¿s use of space in the home, identifying a small set of favored places of long-term use and a larger set of kinetic places used for specific tasks. We discuss how the principles we have identified generally promote use of laptops in favored places and generally discourage use of laptops in kinetic places. We discuss how our findings are relevant to the design of technologies for the home.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Woodruff:EECS-2006-88,
    Author = {Woodruff, Allison and Anderson, Ken and Mainwaring, Scott D. and Aipperspach, Ryan},
    Title = {Portable, But Not Mobile: A Study of Wireless Laptops in the Home},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2006},
    Month = {Jun},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-88.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2006-88},
    Abstract = {We report a qualitative study of the use of physical space and wireless laptops by ten United States households. Although wireless laptops purportedly offer the opportunity and affordances to go ¿anywhere in the home,¿ laptops were generally used in a small set of particular places rather than moving fluidly through the home: wireless laptops were portable, but not mobile per se. We present principles that influence laptop movement in the home. We also present a model of people¿s use of space in the home, identifying a small set of favored places of long-term use and a larger set of kinetic places used for specific tasks. We discuss how the principles we have identified generally promote use of laptops in favored places and generally discourage use of laptops in kinetic places. We discuss how our findings are relevant to the design of technologies for the home.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Woodruff, Allison
%A Anderson, Ken
%A Mainwaring, Scott D.
%A Aipperspach, Ryan
%T Portable, But Not Mobile: A Study of Wireless Laptops in the Home
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2006
%8 June 18
%@ UCB/EECS-2006-88
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-88.html
%F Woodruff:EECS-2006-88