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Augmenting User-Maintained Interaction Through Mode Locking and Reversing

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Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

Human Computer Interaction Conference

4 - 6 July 2018

User interfaces, interaction design, user-maintained mode, mode locking, mode reversing, moded design

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      User-maintained mode is often adopted in facilitating a bimanual interaction using multitouch devices, in which a thumb of a non-dominant hand holding the device can press a part of the screen and keep pressed in order to activate and maintain a temporary mode that is required only for a short period of time, until the user releases the thumb. In this paper, we characterise this particular interactivity and propose novel locking mechanism that supports easy swapping between primary and secondary modes enabling further useful bimanual interaction mechanism that we call reversed mode relationship. We design three prototypes that employ this interactivity and conduct a usability testing with 27 participants. Findings suggest that this interaction works better in applications where there are frequent but short and non-intensive sub-tasks that interrupt the main workflow. We use this insight to further explore more advanced ways to support such interaction.

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            Affiliations
            Singapore University of Technology and Design 8 Somapah Road, Singapore 487372
            International Design Institute Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China 300058
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            Conference
            July 2018
            July 2018
            : 1-12
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2018.9
            © Fennedy et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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            Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
            HCI
            32
            Belfast, UK
            4 - 6 July 2018
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference
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            Product Information: 1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

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