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A Human Motor Behavior Model for Direct Pointing at a Distance

Kopper, Regis and Bowman, Doug and Silva, Mara (2008) A Human Motor Behavior Model for Direct Pointing at a Distance. Technical Report TR-08-26, Computer Science, Virginia Tech.

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Models of human motor behavior are well known as an aid in the design of user interfaces (UIs). Most current models apply primarily to desktop interaction, but with the development of non-desktop UIs, new types of motor behaviors need to be modeled. Direct Pointing at a Distance is such a motor behavior. A model of direct pointing at a distance would be particularly useful in the comparison of different interaction techniques, because the performance of such techniques is highly dependent on user strategy, making controlled studies difficult to perform. Inspired by Fitts’ law, we studied four possible models and concluded that movement time for a direct pointing task is best described as a function of the angular amplitude of movement and the angular size of the target. Contrary to Fitts’ law, our model shows that the angular size has a much larger effect on movement time than the angular amplitude and that the growth in the difficulty of the tasks is quadratic, rather then linear. We estimated the model’s parameters experimentally with a correlation coefficient of 96%.

Item Type:Departmental Technical Report
Subjects:Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction
ID Code:1086
Deposited By:Kopper, Regis
Deposited On:02 November 2009

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