27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)
Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
9 - 13 September 2013
Most modern tablet devices and phones include tilt-based sensing but to-date tilt is primarily used either for input with games or for detecting screen orientation. This paper presents the results of an experiment with teenage users to explore a new tilt-based input technique on mobile devices intended for text entry. The experiment considered the independent variables grip (one-handed, two-handed) and mobility (sitting, walking) with 4 conditions. The study involved 52 participants aged 11–16 carrying out multiple target selection tasks in each condition. Performance metrics derived from the data collected during the study revealed interesting quantitative findings, with the optimal condition being sitting using a two-handed grip. While walking, task completion time was 22.1% longer and error rates were 63.9% higher, compared to sitting. Error rate were 31.4% lower using a two-handed grip, compared to a one-handed grip. Qualitative results revealed a highly positive response to target selection performed using the method described here. This paper highlights the potential value of tilt as a technique for text input for teenage users.