Two-handed navigation in a haptic virtual environment

Crossan, A. and Brewster, S.A. (2006) Two-handed navigation in a haptic virtual environment. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, Québec, Canada, 22-27 April 2006, pp. 676-681. ISBN 1595932984 (doi:10.1145/1125451.1125589)



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This paper describes the initial results from a study looking at a two-handed interaction paradigm for tactile navigation for blind and visually impaired users. Participants were set the task of navigating a virtual maze environment using their dominant hand to move the cursor, while receiving contextual information in the form of tactile cues presented to their non-dominant hand. Results suggest that most participants were comfortable with the two-handed style of interaction even with little training. Two sets of contextual cues were examined with information presented through static patterns or tactile flow of raised pins. The initial results of this study suggest that while both sets of cues were usable, participants performed significantly better and faster with the static cues.

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Keywords:accessibility, haptics, non-visual interaction, tactile navigation, two-handed interaction
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Crossan, Dr Andrew and Brewster, Professor Stephen
Authors: Crossan, A., and Brewster, S.A.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:ACM Press
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2006 ACM Press
First Published:First published in CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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