Muscle tremor as an input mechanism

Strachan, S. and Murray-Smith, R. (2004) Muscle tremor as an input mechanism. In: UIST 2004: Proceedings of the 17th Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, Santa Fe, NM, USA, 24-27 October 2004. Association for Computing Machinery: New York, USA. ISBN 9781581139570

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We present the use of human physiological tremor, detected by a linear accelerometer, as a novel form of input for mobile devices. This allows the device to be aware if it is being held in a human hand, and in which posture. It also has security applications, as human tremor characteristics are individual. We describe two simple demonstrations of the use of tremor. One demo uses isometric muscle tremor as a proxy for a pressure sensor, and allows a user to ‘pump up’ an onscreen balloon. The second demo simulates a mobile phone application, using muscle tremor to enable the device to be aware if it is currently held by human hand, and to stop ringing when picked up.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray-Smith, Professor Roderick
Authors: Strachan, S., and Murray-Smith, R.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery

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