A Preliminary Study of Two-Handed Manipulation for Spatial Input Tasks in a 3D Modeling Application

  • Antonio Capobianco
  • Manuel Veit
  • Dominique Bechmann
Conference paper


We developed a free form deformation application for an immersive environment in which users can interact freely using data gloves. To ensure better comfort and performances, we added the possibility of bimanual interaction in our environment. To investigate the actual gain obtained by this interaction technique, we designed an experimental protocol based on spatial input tasks. In our experiment, we asked our subjects to use only the dominant hand to achieve the different tasks or, on the contrary, to use both hands. Comparison of users’ performances – time and precision – shows that, without proper training, executing a task using two hands can be more time consuming than using one hand. In fact, the degree of symmetry of the tasks performed with each hand seems to have a significant impact on whether users take advantage of bimanual possibilities. Our results also show that bimanual interaction can introduce proprioceptive cues that can be of help to achieve more precision in the placement or selection only when proper visual information are missing.


Completion Time Designation Task Dominant Hand Task Completion Time Deformation Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Capobianco
    • 1
  • Manuel Veit
    • 1
  • Dominique Bechmann
    • 1
  1. 1.LSIIT UMR 7005 CNRS, Pole API Bd Sebastien BrantIllkirch CedexFrance

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