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Haptic assistance to improve computer access for motion-impaired users

Haptic assistance to improve computer access for motion-impaired users

Hwang, Faustina, Langdon, Patrick, Keates, Simeon ORCID: 0000-0002-2826-672X and Clarkson, John (2001) Haptic assistance to improve computer access for motion-impaired users. In: EuroHaptics 2001, 1-4th July 2001, Birmingham, UK.

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This paper describes a pilot experiment which examines the effectiveness of using force-feedback technology to assist motion-impaired computer users in target selection tasks. Two measures to evaluate the effectiveness of force feedback assistance are proposed. The radius of curvature of the cursor path and the cursor speed along the path can capture differences in cursor movements that might be lost in a single measure such as time to target.

Experimental results indicate that force-feedback implemented as nondirectional viscous damping has a beneficial effect for some, improving times to target by up to 50%. Future work includes developing other forms of haptic assistance, developing new measures for evaluation, and investigating the implications of kinaesthesic impairment.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: [1] Paper presented and in proceedings (online on EuroHaptics Society website: Eurohaptics 2001 held 1-4th July 2001 at the University of Birmingham. [2] Acknowledgements (funding): This research is funded in part by the EPSRC, the Canadian Cambridge Trust, and NSERC.
Uncontrolled Keywords: haptic assitance improve computer access 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 / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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