Towards Multi-Wheel Input Device for Non-Visual Interaction

Noushad Sojib, Syed Masum Billah, Mohammad Ruhul Amin

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Abstract

While sighted users leverage both keyboard and mouse input devices to interact with desktops, non-visual users, i.e., users who are blind, cannot use a mouse as it only provides feedback through a visual cursor. As a result, these users rely on keyboard-only interaction, which is often cumbersome, inefficient, and error-prone. Prior work has shown that using a small, rotary input device benefits blind users significantly, as it simulates mouse-like operations. In this paper, we extend this prior work by proposing Wheeler, a multi-wheel based input device that provides simultaneous access to UI elements at three different hierarchies, to facilitate rapid navigation and mouse-like interaction. We designed Wheeler from scratch in multiple iterations and assembled it using 3D printed models and commercially available electronics. A preliminary user study with six blind-folded sighted users revealed its potential to become an essential input device for blind users, as well as a training and learning tool.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUIST 2020 - Adjunct Publication of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages7-9
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375153
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2020
Event33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2020 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2020Oct 23 2020

Publication series

NameUIST 2020 - Adjunct Publication of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology

Conference

Conference33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology, UIST 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/20/2010/23/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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