Thumb Widgets: Apply Thumb-Tracking to Enhance Capabilities of Multi-touch on Mobile Devices

Xinda Zeng, Feng Tian, Yingying Jiang, Xiaolong Zhang, Guozhong Dai, Hongan Wang

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Abstract

While multi-touch design allows natural and flexible figure gestures in interacting with mobile devices, the palm-size screen often limits its potential in application and arouses issues such as inefficient mode switch and incomplete gesture. To enrich the vocabulary of finger gestures in user interaction, we present Thumb Widgets, a mechanism that adopts thumb as assisted input channel to enhance the capabilities of multi-touch on touch-based mobile devices. Thumb Widgets expand the design space in gesture-based UIs and promote efficiency for tasks such as mode switching, parameter setting, etc. Also, Thumb Widgets enable incomplete gestures to be performed around the periphery of the device.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives
EditorsMichel Beaudouin-Lafon, Patrick Baudisch, Wendy E. Mackay
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages1281-1286
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450318990
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 27 2013
Event31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: Apr 27 2013May 2 2013

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Volume2013-April

Other

Other31st Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems:, CHI EA 2013
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period4/27/135/2/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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