SurfaceMouse: supplementing multi-touch interaction with a virtual mouse (2011)

Author(s): Bartindale T; Olivier P; Harrison C; Hudson SE

    Abstract: We present SurfaceMouse, a virtual mouse for multi-touch surface computing. Although moving away from the direct touch manipulation paradigm, our system brings many sig-nificant benefits seen in absolute clutched devices to sur-face computing. Features include high and variable control device gains, several degrees of freedom in a single hand gesture, ability to target small GUI items, and a familiar method for reaching far areas of large displays. Importantly, this benefit is realized by leveraging what users already know and have tremendous experience with - physical mice. Results from our proof-of-concept evaluation reflect this; users were able to use and recognize our system with-out training or prompts. Being entirely virtual, Surface-Mouse can be implemented in existing systems with little more than a software update.

    Notes: Paper Acceptance Rate 65 of 203 submissions, 32%

      • Date: 23-26 January 2011
      • Conference Name: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI)
      • Pages: 293-296
      • Publisher: ACM Press
      • Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. abstract)
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Dr Tom Bartindale
      Senior Research Associate

      Professor Patrick Olivier
      Professor of Human-Computer Interaction