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XVIII.1 January + February 2011
Page: 42
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Proxemic interactions


Authors:
Saul Greenberg, Nicolai Marquardt, Till Ballendat, Rob Diaz-Marino, Miaosen Wang

"When you walk up to your computer, does the screen saver stop and the working windows reveal themselves? Does it even know if you are there? How hard would it be to change this? Is it not ironic that, in this regard, a motion-sensing light switch is "smarter" than any of the switches in the computer...? ¬óBill Buxton [1] In 1966 anthropologist Edward Hall coined the term "proxemics," an area of study that identifies the culturally dependent ways in which people use interpersonal distance to understand and mediate their interactions with other people [2]. While his theory of proxemics…




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