A Comparison of Pressure and Tilt Input Techniques for Cursor Control

Xiaolei ZHOU  Xiangshi REN  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E92-D   No.9   pp.1683-1691
Publication Date: 2009/09/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E92.D.1683
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Human-computer Interaction
Keyword: 
pressure input,  tilt input,  target selection tasks,  pen-based interfaces,  

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Summary: 
Three experiments were conducted in this study to investigate the human ability to control pen pressure and pen tilt input, by coupling this control with cursor position, angle and scale. Comparisons between pen pressure input and pen tilt input have been made in the three experiments. Experimental results show that decreasing pressure input resulted in very poor performance and was not a good input technique for any of the three experiments. In "Experiment 1-Coupling to Cursor Position", the tilt input technique performed relatively better than the increasing pressure input technique in terms of time, even though the tilt technique had a slightly higher error rate. In "Experiment 2-Coupling to Cursor Angle", the tilt input performed a little better than the increasing pressure input in terms of time, but the gap between them is not so apparent as Experiment 1. In "Experiment 3-Coupling to Cursor Scale", tilt input performed a little better than increasing pressure input in terms of adjustment time. Based on the results of our experiments, we have inferred several design implications and guidelines.