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A Survey of Text Entry Techniques for Smartwatches

  • Ahmed Sabbir ArifEmail author
  • Ali Mazalek
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9732)

Abstract

The growing interest in wearable devices has resulted in a wave of novel and improved text entry techniques for smartwatches and other ultra-small devices. These techniques are not only diverse in nature but also evaluated in different experimental conditions. This makes it difficult for designers and researchers to compare the techniques, and their performances in terms of speed and accuracy. This paper reviews the most important text entry techniques for smartwatches and other ultra-small devices. It categorizes all techniques based on whether they use (a variant of) the standard Qwerty keyboard, a novel keypad or keyboard, or handwriting recognition, and discusses the design and evaluation of the techniques. It includes a table that displays the performances of these techniques in the most common text entry performance metrics.

Keywords

Input and interaction Text entry Text input Smartwatches Smaller devices Ultra-small devices Touchscreen Gesture Wearables 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Synaesthetic Media LaboratoryRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada

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