The Social Acceptability of Peripheral Interaction with 3D Gestures in a Simulated Setting

Sara Nielsen, Lucca Julie Nellemann, Lars Bo Larsen*, Kashmiri Stec

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We investigate the effects of social context on the acceptability of 3D (touchless) gestures used to control a music system. We also focus on the extent to which gesture control can be regarded as peripheral interaction [3]. We first identified six gestures for player control to use in the social acceptability study. Next, we used a Wizard-of-Oz design to investigate social acceptability by inviting user dyads (N = 24 participants) to a living room setting where they were assigned the roles of host or guest. The host used gestures to control the music system responding to cues while the guest engaged them in a distractor task. We video recorded the interaction and interviewed participants separately about their experiences. We found no reservations from either male, female, mature or young users about gesture interaction, and no distinction between groups with respect to social acceptability. Taken together, this suggests that gesture control is socially acceptable for all users. We analysed gaze direction when gesturing based on the video recordings. Using this as an indicator for user attention we also found evidence that gesture control can indeed exist in the periphery of attention.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction. Multimodal and Natural Interaction - Thematic Area, HCI 2020, Held as Part of the 22nd International Conference, HCII 2020, Proceedings : Human-Computer Interaction: Multimodal and Natural Interaction (Part II)
EditorsMasaaki Kurosu
Number of pages19
Publication dateJun 2020
EditionLNCS 12182
ISBN (Print)9783030490614
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-49062-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Human Computer Interaction - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020


Conference22nd International Conference on Human Computer Interaction
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
VolumeLNCS 12182


  • Age group comparison
  • Gesture interfaces
  • Gestures for music player control
  • Human centric
  • Natural interfaces
  • Peripheral interaction with gestures
  • Social acceptability of gestures
  • User experience


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