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Hans Gellersen

Interactions under the desk: a characterisation of foot movements for input in a seated position

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We characterise foot movements as input for seated users. First, we built unconstrained foot pointing performance models in a seated desktop setting using ISO 9241-9-compliant Fitts’s Law tasks. Second, we evaluated the effect of the foot and direction in one-dimensional tasks, finding no effect of the foot used, but a significant effect of the direction in which targets are distributed. Third, we compared one foot against two feet to control two variables, finding that while one foot is better suited for tasks with a spatial representation that matches its movement, there is little difference between the techniques when it does not. Fourth, we analysed the overhead caused by introducing a feet-controlled variable in a mouse task, finding the feet to be comparable to the scroll wheel. Our results show the feet are an effective method of enhancing our interaction with desktop systems and derive a series of design guidelines.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2015
EditorsJulio Abascal, Simone Barbosa, Mirko Fetter, Tom Gross, Philippe Palanque, Marco Winckler
Number of pages18
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Publication year30 Aug 2015
Pages384-401
ISBN (print)9783319227009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2015
Externally publishedYes
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science

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