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Using haptic feedback to enhance computer interaction for motion-impaired users

Using haptic feedback to enhance computer interaction for motion-impaired users

Langdon, P., Keates, S., Clarkson, P. J. and Robinson, P. (2000) Using haptic feedback to enhance computer interaction for motion-impaired users. In: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on disability, virtual reality and associated technologies (ICDVRAT 2000). ICDVRAT 2000, Alghero, Sicily, pp. 25-32. ISBN 0704911426

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Abstract

For users with motion impairments, the standard keyboard and mouse arrangement for computer access often presents problems. Other approaches have to be adopted to overcome this. There is evidence to suggest that increasing the degrees-of-freedom, and hence bandwidth, of humancomputer interaction (HCI), can improve interaction rates if implemented carefully. Haptic feedback is not really exploited in the existing HCI paradigm, so offers a potential method for broadening the interaction bandwidth by complementing the existing interaction structure. This paper describes a series of pilot studies to assess the effectiveness of two possible methods for incorporating haptic feedback into the interaction. The aim was firstly to ascertain whether the motion-impaired could detect the feedback successfully and then to assess whether the feedback may be of benefit. Two experiments were performed, one to test vibrotactile feedback and the other force feedback. The vibrotactile results were inconclusive, but the force feedback results were very positive.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on disability, virtual reality and associated technologies (ICDVRAT 2000)
Additional Information: [1] The 3rd International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies was held in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, 23-25 September, 2000 [2] Copyright © 2000 ICDVRAT and the University of Reading
Uncontrolled Keywords: haptic feedback computer interaction motion-impaired users
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:31
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/12987

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