We present Hand in Air Tapping (HAT), a wearable input interface which allows interactions through fingers tapping. It consists in a Bluetooth Low Energy rings enabling wireless communication with any compatible device. Each ring is hardware-wise independent of the others. This allows full modularity, i.e., the number of employed devices can be chosen to meet each application requirements. The proposed system was evaluated in two user studies, both on text input: (1) users learning curve in terms of writing speed; (2) rate of text entry comparison between the proposed interface and that of numpad style keyboards. We associated each keystroke to a set of letters/symbols and compared two approaches: one based on T9 technique and the other on multi-tap input method. Results show comparable performance between HAT and numpad style keyboards. HAT keeps the hands free, not affecting hand movements and human interactions with the surroundings. Moreover, as a general input technology, it might have several potential applications in the field of computer-human interfaces.
|Titolo:||Hand in air tapping: a wearable input technology to type wireless|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|