Side Pressure for Bidirectional Navigation on Small Devices

Daniel Spelmezan 1, 2 Caroline Appert 1, 2 Olivier Chapuis 1, 2 Emmanuel Pietriga 1, 3
1 IN-SITU - Situated interaction
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11, Inria Saclay - Ile de France, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR8623
Abstract : Virtual navigation on a mobile touchscreen is usually performed using finger gestures: drag and flick to scroll or pan, pinch to zoom. While easy to learn and perform, these gestures cause significant occlusion of the display. They also require users to explicitly switch between navigation mode and edit mode to either change the viewport's position in the document, or manipulate the actual content displayed in that viewport, respectively. SidePress augments mobile devices with two continuous pressure sensors co-located on one of their sides. It provides users with generic bidirectional navigation capabilities at different levels of granularity, all seamlessly integrated to act as an alternative to traditional navigation techniques, including scrollbars, drag-and-flick, or pinch-to-zoom. We describe the hardware prototype, detail the associated interaction vocabulary for different applications, and report on two laboratory studies. The first shows that users can precisely and efficiently control SidePress; the second, that SidePress can be more efficient than drag-and-flick touch gestures when scrolling large documents.
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MobileHCI '13, Aug 2013, Munich, Germany. ACM, pp.11--20, 2013, MobileHCI '13. 〈10.1145/2493190.2493199〉
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Daniel Spelmezan, Caroline Appert, Olivier Chapuis, Emmanuel Pietriga. Side Pressure for Bidirectional Navigation on Small Devices. MobileHCI '13, Aug 2013, Munich, Germany. ACM, pp.11--20, 2013, MobileHCI '13. 〈10.1145/2493190.2493199〉. 〈hal-00850974v2〉



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