Investigating how the hand interacts with different mobile phones
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In this paper we investigate the physical interaction between the hand and three types of mobile device interaction: touchscreen, physical keyboard and stylus. Through a controlled study using video observational analysis, we observed firstly, how the participants gripped the three devices and how these grips were device dependent. Secondly we looked closely at these grips to uncover how participants performed what we call micro-movements to facilitate a greater range of interaction, e.g. reaching across the keyboard. The results extend current knowledge by comparing three handheld device input methods and observing the movements, which the hand makes in five grips. The paper concludes by describing the development of a conceptual design, proposed as a provocation for the opening of dialogue on how we conceive hand usage and how it might be optimized when designed for mobile devices.
Eardley, R., Gill, S., Roudaut, A., Thompson, S. and Hare, J. (2016) ‘Investigating how the hand interacts with different mobile phones’ in the Proceedings of MobileHCI 2016, the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, September 6th – 9th, 2016 Florence, Italy, pp. 698-705.
This article was published in the Proceedings of MobileHCI 2016, available at https://doi.org/10.1145/2957265.2961840
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
- User Centred Design 
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