A Model for Steering with Haptic-Force Guidance

  • Xing-Dong Yang
  • Pourang Irani
  • Pierre Boulanger
  • Walter F. Bischof
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5727)


Trajectory-based tasks are common in many applications and have been widely studied. Recently, researchers have shown that even very simple tasks, such as selecting items from cascading menus, can benefit from haptic-force guidance. Haptic guidance is also of significant value in many applications such as medical training, handwriting learning, and in applications requiring precise manipulations. There are, however, only very few guiding principles for selecting parameters that are best suited for proper force guiding. In this paper, we present a model, derived from the steering law that relates movement time to the essential components of a tunneling task in the presence of haptic-force guidance. Results of an experiment show that our model is highly accurate for predicting performance times in force-enhanced tunneling tasks.


Haptic guidance steering task Steering law Fitts’ law 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xing-Dong Yang
    • 1
  • Pourang Irani
    • 2
  • Pierre Boulanger
    • 1
  • Walter F. Bischof
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing ScienceUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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