Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2009

Volume 5727 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 25-39

PressureMove: Pressure Input with Mouse Movement

  • Kang ShiAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of Manitoba
  • , Sriram SubramanianAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of Bristol
  • , Pourang IraniAffiliated withComputer Science Department, University of Manitoba


We present PressureMove a pressure based interaction technique that enables simultaneous control of pressure input and mouse movement. Simultaneous control of pressure and mouse movement can support tasks that require control of multiple parameters, like rotation and translation of an object, or pan-and-zoom. We implemented four variations of PressureMove techniques for a 2D position and orientation matching task where pressure manipulations mapped to object orientation and mouse movement to object translation. The Naive technique mapped raw pressure-sensor values to the object rotation; the Rate-based technique mapped discrete pressure values to speed of rotation and Hierarchical and Hybrid techniques that use a two-step approach to control orientation using pressure. In user study that compared the four techniques with the default mouse-only technique we found that Rate-based PressureMove was the fastest technique with the least number of crossings and as preferred as the default mouse in terms of user-preference. We discuss the implications of our user study and present several design guidelines.


Pressure-input integrality of input dimensions pressure and movement alternative interaction techniques