A Study of Control Performance in Low Frequency Motion Workstation

  • Yi-Jan Yau
  • Chin-Jung Chao
  • Sheue-Ling Hwang
  • Jhih-Tsong Lin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4555)


Many studies have found the performance of using non-keyboard input devices (NKID) was affected by motion environment, but few of them have considered the interaction between motion direction and the approach angle on manipulating NKID. In this study, an experiment was conducted to investigate the effect of different approach angles (0o, 45o, 90o, 135o, 180o, 225o, 270o, 315o, 360o) and motion directions (roll and pitch) on the performance (movement time and error rate) of using trackball. The results showed that the main effect of approach angle on movement time was significant, whereas there was neither significant interaction nor the main effect of motion direction. The effects of approach angle and motion direction on the error rate were not significant. Some suggestions on the control console and interface design were proposed based on the results of the experiment.


Motion Trackball Roll Pitch 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi-Jan Yau
    • 1
  • Chin-Jung Chao
    • 2
  • Sheue-Ling Hwang
    • 1
  • Jhih-Tsong Lin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan 30013Republic of China
  2. 2.Office of Industrial Safety and Environment Protection, Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan 32500Republic of China

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