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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.


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

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},


Andrea Bunt

Andrea Bunt

Associate Professor

As well as: Jaime Ruiz and Edward Lank