The Walking Talking Stick: Understanding Automated Note-Taking in Walking Meetings
Paper in proceeding, 2023

While walking meetings offer a healthy alternative to sit-down meetings, they also pose practical challenges. Taking notes is difficult while walking, which limits the potential of walking meetings. To address this, we designed the Walking Talking Stick - a tangible device with integrated voice recording, transcription, and a physical highlighting button to facilitate note-taking during walking meetings. We investigated our system in a three-condition between-subjects user study with thirty pairs of participants (N=60) who conducted 15-minute outdoor walking meetings. Participants either used clip-on microphones, the prototype without the button, or the prototype with the highlighting button. We found that the tangible device increased task focus, and the physical highlighting button facilitated turn-taking and resulted in more useful notes. Our work demonstrates how interactive artifacts can incentivize users to hold meetings in motion and enhance conversation dynamics. We contribute insights for future systems which support conducting work tasks in mobile environments.

Office Workers

Walking Meetings



Physical Activity

Mobile Work


Luke Haliburton

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Natalia Bartłomiejczyk

Lodz University of Technology

Albrecht Schmidt

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU)

Paweł W. Woźniak

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Interaction Design and Software Engineering

Jasmin Niess

University of St Gallen

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

9781450394215 (ISBN)

2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
Hamburg, Germany,

PAPACUI: Proficiency Awareness in Physical ACtivity User Interfaces

Swedish Research Council (VR) (2022-03196), 2023-01-01 -- 2026-12-31.

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Human Computer Interaction



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