GUIs with Haptic Interfaces
While there are many studies regarding utilization of haptic feedback to enhance desktop GUIs and utilizing haptic devices as additional interfaces to improve performance in current interaction techniques, there are not many studies that uses haptic device as a primary input device. In this study, we present an experimentation conducted with 30 students, comparing performance of a haptic device with mouse to use a GUI elements commonly used with mouse gestures. This study is inspired by a system that utilizes both mouse and a haptic device, thus also taking task switching into consideration. We conclude that it is possible to achieve an acceptable performance with a haptic device in a desktop-like GUI but further study and experimentation is necessary.
KeywordsHuman-computer interaction Haptic devices GUI
The idea of utilizing a haptic interface as an input device came from another project, “E.C.E.” (TUBITAK; 112K287), that incorporates them for medical education where they are used for surgical simulation purposes. As the software contains much more than just the simulation, we questioned the possibility of eliminating separate input devices to control that GUI, i.e. the rest of the system, with the haptic interface, in a way to have a similar comfort and performance to those input devices, mouse, in our case. The research team would like to thank the TUBITAK support for realizing this research study.
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