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A model of non-preferred hand mode switching

Effective mode-switching techniques provide users of tablet interfaces with access to a rich set of behaviors. While many researchers have studied the relative performance of mode-switching techniques in these interfaces, these metrics tell us little about the behavior of one technique in the absence of a competitor. Differing from past comparison-based research, this paper describes a temporal model of the behavior of a common mode switching technique, non-preferred hand mode switching. Using the Hick-Hyman Law, we claim that the asymptotic cost of adding additional nonpreferred hand modes to an interface is a logarithmic function of the number of modes. We validate the model experimentally, and show a strong correlation between experimental data and values predicted by the model. Implications of this research for the design of modebased interfaces are highlighted.

http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1375724

Jaime Ruiz, Andrea Bunt and Edward Lank. 2008. A model of non-preferred hand mode switching. In Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2008, 49-56. 

Bibtext Entry

@inproceedings{Ruiz:2008:MNH:1375714.1375724,
author = {Ruiz, Jaime and Bunt, Andrea and Lank, Edward},
title = {A model of non-preferred hand mode switching},
booktitle = {Proceedings of graphics interface 2008},
series = {GI '08},
year = {2008},
isbn = {978-1-56881-423-0},
location = {Windsor, Ontario, Canada},
pages = {49--56},
numpages = {8},
url = {http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1375714.1375724},
acmid = {1375724},
publisher = {Canadian Information Processing Society},
address = {Toronto, Ont., Canada, Canada},
}

Authors

Andrea Bunt

Andrea Bunt

Associate Professor

As well as: Jaime Ruiz and Edward Lank