Comparing Fatigue When Using Large Horizontal and Vertical Multi-touch Interaction Displays

  • Shiroq Al-MegrenEmail author
  • Ahmed Kharrufa
  • Jonathan Hook
  • Amey Holden
  • Selina Sutton
  • Patrick Olivier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9299)


We report on a user study that compared muscle fatigue experienced when using a large multi-touch display in horizontal and vertical configurations over a one-hour period. Muscle fatigue is recognized as the reduction in a muscle’s capacity to generate force or power output and was measured objectively and subjectively before and after a puzzle-solving task. While subjective measures showed a significant level of overall arm muscle fatigue after the task for both configurations, objective measures showed a significant level of muscle fatigue on the middle deltoids and the non-dominant extensor digitorum for the vertical configuration only. We discuss the design implications of these findings and suggest relevant future areas of investigation.


Large displays Interaction Tabletops Fatigue Ergonomics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiroq Al-Megren
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ahmed Kharrufa
    • 2
  • Jonathan Hook
    • 3
  • Amey Holden
    • 2
  • Selina Sutton
    • 2
  • Patrick Olivier
    • 2
  1. 1.School of ComputingUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Culture LabNewcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.Department of Theatre, Film and TelevisionUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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